An inquest last week provided more information on lawyer Max Green, who before his 1998 murder at Phnom Penh’s Hotel Sofitel Cambodiana, conned some $20 million from Australia’s biggest business names in a tax-deferral scheme, the Australian Financial Review reported.
While a Melbourne coroner found that Green’s killer was impossible to identify, Detective Sergeant Grant Beasley told the court that Green’s former law firm, Shugg and Green, had used clients’ funds in the suspected shipment of arms through the firm’s office in Kiev, Ukraine to London and on to Cambodia.
The court was also told that Green established a gem mine in Laos near the Chinese border, which was to be set up as a US Central Intelligence Agency espionage post with a business partner who was connected with the CIA, according to the paper.
Green, 46, was bludgeoned with a lamp table and brick and then strangled, the court coroner reported. Cambodian investigators have produced no suspects claims about Green’s links to arms smuggling, blackmail, embezzlement, and the US Central Intelligence Agency, the paper said.