Liu claimed to be involved in ‘formalising’ agreements and good relations between NZ and China. ¬†What agreements? Officials said they could not confirm this was true. ¬†And how does a fugitive who supposedly faces torture and organ harvesting in China find himself helping develop good trade relations?
Of course, citizenship can be revoked if you tell porkies on your application, just like residency (and a fake name certainly qualifies) – extradition/deportation can then follow.
Jones knew this.
Furthermore -¬†this advice¬†to Jones (see the top of Page 7) explicitly rules out the humanitarian clause as a reason to grant citizenship.
“It is therefore considered that Mr Liu is not eligible for the grant of citizenship under the former section 9(1)(d) of the Citizenship Act 1977.”
Jones’ decision last night to parrot the claims made by Dover Samuels, made the whole thing look even more murky.
Time for David Shearer to show some leadership and demand a full independent inquiry into this cash for citizenship scandal.