South Australian police say they know where the leader of the Agape doomsday cult is hiding but are not ready to launch an arrest operation.
Agape leader Rocco Leo, is wanted over serious weapons offences following last week’s raids on properties owned by the doomsday cult.
Detective Inspector Jim Jeffery has told ABC Radio that police have a good idea where Leo, 54, and his accomplices are hiding.
“We do know where they are … we believe that they are offshore we have got to have all the grounds that we want to have and everything put together before we take any action in relation to those people,” Det Supt Jeffery said.
Det-Supt Jeffery said police had not spoken to Leo and that public safety had been the main priority for detectives so far in the investigation.
He said police had no reason to believe that Leo or other wanted members would become violent.
“In our view no, not at this point in time (but it is) always concerning that there are firearms out there unaccounted for,” he said.
“We are very satisfied at this point in time with the extensiveness of the searches we’ve conducted … we are confident that wherever the firearms are now they’re not going to be put to any aggressive use at this point in time.”
Police say they know where the leader of the Agape Ministries cult is but they are still gathering evidence in their investigation.
Superintendent Jim Jeffery says the Agape leaders are overseas.
“There would be extradition treaties in place for these countries but as I said we have to be, as far as investigators are concerned, be ready to take any proceedings that we want to take when we’re ready to take. At this point of time there’s a lot to do with this investigation,” he said.
Former cult members are urging Agape Ministries leader Rocco Leo to surrender.
A former cult member Phil Arbon has told the ABC he has been getting death threats since going public with details about the cult.