Shane Jones really knows how to dig a hole for himself:
Jones said today: ”Look, I certainly know that there was a live issue as to whether or not this man is who he says he was. Without access to files I just really can’t tell you whether I can recall…”
Earlier in 2008, immigration officials had recommended Yan’s residency – granted in 2002 – be revoked. Then-immigration minister David Cunliffe told them to investigate further.
Jones said he wasn’t briefed by Cunliffe or immigration officials.
”I don’t remember ever talking to David Cunliffe about this guy … I don’t ever recall being briefed by the immigration department on this issue. And the man was a resident as far as I was concerned, as I recall.”
He added: ”Um, in fairness it’s four years on. Without having access to the file I just can’t fully recollect. But what I do know is that there was always a mystery as to whether the man was who he says he was. Those were allegations.”
Twice in as many senteces he says there was a mystery about the identity of Bill Liu…but he approved his citizenship with great alacrity anyway…and then a number of Labour MPs and ministers had his citizenship ceremony in the Maori Affairs select committee room, even though there was “a mystery”.
The more I find out about this the more i am inclined to support an independent inquiry into the actions of Shane Jones and other in this whole murky citizenship for donations affair.