Ohmigawd… we actually managed to deport someone?

A South African psychiatrist who murdered his wife in Dunedin has been deported back to South Africa.

Colin Bouwer was convicted in 2001 of poisoning his wife Annette, some time between November 1999 and January 2000, and sentenced to life in prison for a minimum of 13 years – later extended to 15 years on appeal by the Crown.

In September, the Parole Board agreed to release Bouwer in October, on condition he immediately agree to return to South Africa.

Immigration New Zealand has confirmed he left New Zealand this morning.

I bet Kim Dotcom is keenly interested in the outcome of the coalition talks as well.  It must be remembered that neither NZ First nor National fell under the spell of his money in the lead-up to the previous election.

Most of the people from the Green and Labour parties that were giving him hope have lost their positions of power.  But they still remain the best chance for Kim to be given some kind of lucky break.

Personally, I think it’s time we dust off his file and get started on expediting his extradition.  Any remaining minor legal angles can be dealt with in absentia.  It’s not as if he has to appear in person anyway.

But the lesson from Colin Bouwer is clear:  he too wasn’t deported.  They had to make it part of a deal where he agreed to go in exchange for early parole.

This country clearly has problems getting rid of undesirables.  We should not criticise Australia.  We should copy what they do.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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