Philip Arbon today told AdelaideNow that in April he had been taking photos – which he intended to hand to authorities – of Leo when the cult leader allegedly assaulted him.
Leo, 54, has been charged with assault over the incident at Adelaide Airport which was broken up by Australian Federal Police officers.
Leo is being sued in the District Court by Silvia Melchiorre and Martin Penney, who claim they were duped into handing over $1.2 million and $420,000 respectively.
Court documents also show the ministries, which enjoyed tax free status for many years, had amassed millions of dollars worth of assets.
Mr Arbon today said Leo’s alleged strongman, John Amoles, who has also not been seen for several months, had probably joined him in Fiji.
Mr Arbon said his estranged wife and daughter had not broken free from the so-called cult.
“My wife and children are still caught up,” he said.
Lawyer confirms alleged cult leader has fled
A lawyer for the alleged fugitive leader of Agape Ministries has faced court in Adelaide to respond to charges against his client, including assault.
Holden Hill Magistrates Court heard Rocco Leo, 54, was actively avoiding police and had fled the country.
Leo’s lawyer asked the court for an adjournment so he could take instructions.
The case will return to court in November.