Immigration NZ are powerless to deport sex offender

Remember the Afghani guy that was given his freedom as long as he didn’t sexually assault any other women?

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse reinstated the MBIE agency’s powers to make deportation decisions yesterday after he revoked them in relation to Akbari’s case in April.

INZ had decided, acting on delegated authority from the minister, that Akbari should not be deported to Afghanistan provided he did not reoffend within five years.

That was despite Akbari, who was in New Zealand as a resident under a refugee family support category, having been released in February after a two-year sentence for five charges of indecent acts with girls under 12 and two of indecent assault of a woman.

He was also previously convicted of indecently assaulting a woman in 2013.

Think that’s absurd?  You ain’t seen nothing yet.  

n reinstating INZ’s powers, Mr Woodhouse ordered staff to advise him if they intended to let someone stay in the country after being convicted of a serious or sexual assault.

“In order to strengthen the integrity of the process and ensure that the Minister of Immigration is adequately informed about cases with certain risk factors, the Minister has decided to make an adjustment to the process,” a spokeswoman said.

Mr Woodhouse would now also meet with officials every three months to discuss their approach to such cases.

In a letter to Immigration New Zealand, Mr Woodhouse asked for a formal briefing on whether the Akbari deportation decision could be reviewed.

A spokeswoman today said there was no legal ability for the deportation case to be reopened.

So the only way out from here is to wait for him to get caught sexually farting around with an underage girl or woman again.

Someone should be losing their job over this.

And if he offends again, Minister Woodhouse needs to fall on his sword.



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