Bill Liu: A perfect example that New Zealand is ranked too high on international corruption rankings

Barry Soper writes

Chinese money launderer Bill Liu was being sentenced on a representative charge and was sent to what John Banks used to call a Club Med, although that’d be decidedly down market on where this criminal will now to have to wallow away his time.

For the next five months he’ll be detained at his luxury penthouse apartment in downtown Auckland, not far away from SkyCity where he gambled a staggering $239 million with a loss of $23 million over a dozen years.

Liu will be allowed out for up to five hours a day for business meetings, but poor fellow’s been told he won’t be allowed to use his apartment’s gym.

Last year he coughed up $43 million to settle a civil suit with the police, with $15 million of it being kept to cover the cost of bringing him to justice and the rest being sent to China.

But was he brought to justice or is justice now for sale in this country?

Equally as important is how was this man allowed into the country against official advice that he didn’t meet the good character test?

Former Labour Minister Shane Jones rejected the advice and let him in after lobbying from his old mate Dover Samuels.

Winston Peters had plenty to say about it when Liu settled with the police, bleating that not only is justice for sale but also the key to citizenship.

Yeah well the custodian of that key was Shane Jones who is apparently being courted by Peters for New Zealand First.

Jones said at the time he feared Liu would be executed if he was returned to China.

But since then he’s been to China and back and is now incarcerated in his apartment.

The blood’s now curdling.

You have to wonder if New Zealand is some kind of open-air prison for high profile international criminals.  I’m also thinking of Kim Dotcom here.


– Barry Soper, Newstalk ZB

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