A popular citizen

July 7th, 2012 at 11:54 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Seven government agencies wanted to join a raid on Metropolis tower apartments owned by a wealthy Chinese businessman later granted citizenship in controversial circumstances.

A search warrant was executed on the apartments owned by – also known as , Yong Ming Yan and now William Yan – on the 35th floor of the tower in Auckland in June 2007.

Officers took more than an hour to search individual rooms, such were their size.

He was under investigation by the Department of Labour for immigration fraud at the time and documents released under the Official Information Act show that other law enforcement agencies wanted to be part of any raid at the property.

The police were going to execute the warrant with Immigration officers alone – until approached by the Ministry of Fisheries, the Department of Internal Affairs, Customs, the Serious Fraud Office and the Inland Revenue Department.

Seven different agencies wanted in on the raid! Sure let’s make the guy a citizen as quickly as possible.

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12 Responses to “A popular citizen”

  1. gravedodger (1,528 comments) says:

    Somehow “clusterf**k seems a very inadequate description.

    Can’t wait for a canary to sing.

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  2. hj (6,671 comments) says:

    How corrupt Chinese cash finds its way into Auckland’s property market
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/analects/2012/06/wealth-and-power?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/its_a_family_affair

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  3. tvb (4,240 comments) says:

    Jones was ordered to do this. So now he is being asked to take one for the team.

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  4. hmmokrightitis (1,566 comments) says:

    What tvb said – wonder if the SheBeast is returning calls these days…

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  5. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    > Officers took more than an hour to search individual rooms…

    And what did officers find? Bugger all by the sound of it.

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  6. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    “no documents were seized and/or evidence retained as a result of the search warrant.”

    Isn’t it unfortunate when the facts get in the way of a good story. Still, that’s never stopped DPF before and I’m sure won’t stop him again.

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  7. Nookin (3,174 comments) says:

    “Isn’t it unfortunate when the facts get in the way of a good story. Still, that’s never stopped DPF before and I’m sure won’t stop him again.”

    Ross — most of us realise that you find it difficult to rationalise when choking on your own bile but given that it was a very short comment by DPF, perhaps you could point out the factual inconsistency?

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  8. Michael Mckee (1,091 comments) says:

    love to know what someone like shane jones has over him that allowed him to ignore his officials in the light of all this.
    perhaps its just as well he’s in opposition at present.

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  9. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    DPF previously said:

    “The papers clearly state he [Bill Liu] is entitled to reside indefinitely in NZ in terms of the Immigration Act, so this was NOT (your emphasis) an issue about whether or not he might be deported to China. That is a total red herring.”

    So this was not an issue about Liu being deported? Seems you were wrong. When are you going to admit your mistake?

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  10. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Michael,

    What you seem to be saying is that under a National goverment, Ministers simply rubber-stamp official advice. Explain why that might be a bad thing. Of course, that ignores that fact that in regards to the Sky City Convention deal, John Key simply igonored official advice. Was that a good or bad thing?

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  11. kowtow (7,895 comments) says:

    I see Pansy Wong was involved.
    MPs chosen for “diversity” and not ability are a travesty of what’s left of our democracy.

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  12. questions (185 comments) says:

    And National has had how many years to revoke it? nothing but complicit.

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