CYBERSPACE DOMINION OF MELCHIZEDEK WANTS TO HELP MAORI ACTIVISTS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (March 4, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The self-styled leader of a nation that exists only on the Internet says he now wants to set up an embassy in New Zealand to help Maori activists.

David Korem, a convicted conman who set up the Dominion of Melchizedek (see: http://www.melchizedek.com/) , is wanted by Fiji police after offering to help Rotuma islanders break away from Fiji.

He admits that the Dominion of Melchizedek exists only in cyberspace, but says his nation is prepared to help Maoris attain autonomy.

Mr. Korea has told Radio Australia that he is sponsoring the building of a community hall and has been invited to officially open the building later this year.

The U.S. State Department has issued warnings about Mr. Korem, pointing out his past convictions for fraud.

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