Oh okay, one more chance. But just one more.

Credit: Carmen Bird

Much has already been written about the crim-hugging government’s decision to grant permanent residency to someone who is currently in prison for importing drugs.

Let’s recap, a Newspaper made this handy summary below in 2017.  Quote:

2003: Karel Sroubek flees Czech Republic as witness to a murder. Enters New Zealand with false passport in name of Jan Antolik. Later gains residency and represents his new country as a kickboxer.

2009: True identity discovered when Czech police contact their counterparts in NZ.

2010: Arrested with two Hells Angels on aggravated robbery and blackmail charges. Acquitted on all charges.

2011: Jury finds him guilty of using false passport and giving false details to Immigration officials. Arrested soon after as part of Operation Ark, a covert investigation into Ecstasy-like pills.

2012: Judge discharges him without conviction on false identity charges so Antolik is not automatically deported.

2014: Convicted of manufacturing Class-C drug from Operation Ark arrest. Conviction overturned but Crown abandons second trial. A few months later, arrested importing 5kg of MDMA, a Class-B controlled drug, used in Ecstasy.

2016: Convicted of importing MDMA and jailed for five years and nine months, but identity kept secret by sentencing judge.

2017: Name suppression lifted.  End of quote.

That’s an impressive rap sheet.

Barry Soper had this to say in a NewspaperQuote:

[…] Most fair-minded people would say he was given his get out of jail card and when the cell door’s finally unlocked on this one he should be sent packing.

Well that’s not going to happen. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has used “absolute discretion” to give Sroubek permanent residency when he’s released.

On this one, the public deserve and have a right to an explanation. As pressure grew for information, it looked as though the minister was buckling, telling us that in the public interest we deserve more information – and then going on to tell us virtually nothing.

Sroubek essentially has to behave himself for five years after he gets out of jail, this is his last chance Lees-Galloway assured us, telling the prisoner in a letter he trusts he’ll use the opportunity to make a positive contribution to New Zealand.  End of quote.

Has to behave himself for five years.  This is his last chance.  Why does he get one more chance?  I think it’s fair to say he has already done enough damage and used up far more chances than what he should have been given in the first place.

If he mucks up his ‘last chance’, what then?  Will he be immediately deported, no more questions asked?  This from Stuff: Quote:

If you fail to meet the conditions imposed on your resident visa, you may become liable for deportation under section 159 of the act.  Your case would then need to be considered againEnd of quote.

He may become liable for deportation.  His case would need to be considered again.

He may also get a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket, and be given yet another ‘last chance’. Quote.

If Sroubek’s life is in danger should he be sent back to the Czech Republic, as has been hinted at, we should be told.

So he’s allowed to stay, although in prison because the Parole Board turned down his application to get out last month.  End of quote.

The parole board think he’s not fit to be released from prison, yet the immigration minister thinks he is a fit person to be a New Zealand resident.  How does that work?

There has to be a compelling reason for this decision.  It feels like something is being covered up, and the New Zealand public deserves an explanation.  It is essentially us that are being put at risk because Mr Sroubek is not being shipped off from our shores at the first opportunity.

Remember the American family who were forced to leave the country for not meeting financial visa requirements?  They ran a cafe and Bistro that made a profit and employed a number of people, yet they were declined a visa.

Then there was the South African family, whose son had a pre-existing kidney condition that they had offered to self-fund.

I know which of these three I would prefer to live next door to.

 


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