David Farrar raises some very good questions for Shane Jones to answer…if he can:
- Who was this official who told him this? It wasnâ€™t by some chance Daniel Phillips was it, the brother of Shane Te Pou â€“ the Labour fundraiser who got paid $5,000 to help get Liu citizenship
- Does having citizenship in any way impact whether or not one can be extradited to China over the fraud charges laid against him?
- If one truly believes you face execution and persecution in your home country, donâ€™t you apply forÂ asylumÂ not citizenship?
- But if one applied for asylum, wouldnâ€™t that actually require some substantiation of the claims that he was Falun Gong and fearing for his life, with adjudication by an independent tribunal, rather than Ministerial discretion as with citizenship?
- Has Jones or Liu or anyone at all ever produced a shred of evidence that he actually faced anything in China except a fraud trial?
- Does anyone seriously think Liu would have been granted citizenship if he had not donated to various Labour MPs, who advocated so strongly on his behalf?
- Is anyone else curious about why Liu paid Labour Party fundraiser Shane Te Pou $5,000 to fill in a citizenship form for him? Thatâ€™s a lot of money for filling in a form.
- Is the more likely explanation that he paid Te Pou the $5,000, so Te Pou could use his political influence to get him citizenship.
- Is it aÂ coincidenceÂ that Te Pou immediately introduced him to then Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker
- Is it also a coincidence that a donation to Dover Samuels election campaign was made from an unknown Chinese entity using the address of Daniel Philips, who is Shane Te Pouâ€™s brother and worked for Shane Jones
I agree with David, and since Shane Jones also welcomes and inquiry, let’s be having one then.