Connect the dots

An Auckland businessman who had $40 million of assets seized this year has told the High Court he gave away a Rolls Royce.

Yan, who has also gone by the name Bill Liu, yesterday applied to get living expenses out of assets that were restrained by the police in August because of his alleged involvement in money laundering.

As part of the police’s opposition to this application, lawyer Mark Harborow questioned Yan in the High Court at Auckland today about his business dealings and assets.

Harborow questioned the businessman about a 2012 Rolls Royce, which was held in a company for Yan’s family trust.

Asked if he gave the luxury vehicle away, Yan said – through an interpreter – that he had.

“You’re not owed any money or other benefit for the car?” Harborow asked.

“Absolutely not,” Yan replied through his interpreter.

“What I want to suggest to you Mr Yan [is] it was unlikely for you to simply give this away and must have received something or alternatively be owed something in the future for the vehicle,” the police lawyer then said.

“It sounds logical hearing what you just said but it is not true. So this person has the intention to have a good relationship with me, so he can have his company to go to sharemarket in Hong Kong. This is like the Chinese culture between the businessman,” Yan said.

Yan said he gave away the car to a man called “Tony”, whose last name he had difficulty pronouncing. Yan said the man knew internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

Mr Yan / Mr Liu is not the sort of person you want to get on the wrong side of.

But there is a fascinating parallel here with him and Kim Dotcom, in the sense that assets are frozen.  In the sense they tried to get some of it to live off.  And in the sense one was trying to sell a Roller, the other gave one away.

And then they are linked through MEGA.

I wonder if Mr Yan/Mr Liu actually told the truth about the Roller?

Or has he copied his mate Kim Dotcom and misled a court…perhaps even perjured himself?

I’m not going to speculate.  But it will be interesting to see this all unfold.


– Hamish Fletcher, NZ Herald

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