US model fined Vt 70,000 for obstructing officials on board PhoceaPosted: August 20, 2012
The Phocea farce continued this morning in the Magistrates’ Court with American model Faviola Brugger Dadis being fined just Vt 70,000 for obstructing Vanuatu Customs, Maritime and Police officials when they boarded the vessel after it entered Vanuatu illegally. The maximum fine is Vt 2,000,000 and two years in prison.
The Vt 70,000 fine was handed down by Senior Magistrate Stephen Felix.
The Prosecution asked for the maximum fine, saying Ministers of government are not officers of the law and they are not entitled to grant entry rights to any vessel. They asked for the maximum fine to establish an example for others.
Counsel for Dadis spoke of her as a student who had just taken a week from her summer vacation from US studies to join the mega-yacht in Tonga as marketing and public relations manager for Pascal Anh Quan Saken, who claims to be the owner of Phocea. He ran away from the vessel and his crew as soon as it was boarded, flying overseas.
Dadis’ website shows her in various gowns and says she models for Versace, Puma and Sauvage. What with her travels and studies in chemistry and calculus, travelling and modelling, Faviola leads a busy life. She has to get back to the USA for her laboratory studies.