Jared Savage in the NZ Herald reports:
The public servant who handled the citizenship application of a millionaire Chinese businessman with multiple identities was told by his boss to “stop asking questions”, a transcript of court evidence shows.
Nothing to see here, just move on.
Mr Gambo wanted to make further inquiries with immigration authorities in Australia.
“I had a phone call that I was told not to ask any more questions because there was a lot of political pressure to send the file to Wellington.
“I was told to just process the file, send it to Wellington, don’t worry about asking any more questions.
“I have been working there for seven years and that was the first time I have had my boss phone me about an application.”
This is what is at the heart of the case. That a man with friends in the Labour Party, got special treatment.
Shane Jones has previously said he granted Mr Yan citizenship on humanitarian grounds because an Internal Affairs official told him Mr Yan risked execution if he returned to China.
Yesterday, an Internal Affairs spokesman said the files on the case had now been checked and there was no record of a departmental official discussing that issue with Mr Jones.
“We are not saying absolutely that didn’t happen, but we don’t have any [record of it].”
The execution in China angle was pushed by Yan, and his lawyer (who also happens to be Dover Samuels’ lawyer). As far as I am aware they have never provided a shred of proof. Anyone can assert something. What a competent Minister does is ask for proof, or at least consider the plausibility of the claims, such as will being a citizen rather than a permament resident in any impact whether or not he goes to China, and how consistent is it to claim to be Falun Gong, which bans gambling, and spent millions at Sky City casino.