Jared Savage at NZ Herald reports:
Immigration officials questioned the decision to grant a wealthy businessman citizenship while he was under investigation by three government agencies, emails reveal.
Labour MP Shane Jones, then a Cabinet minister, awarded citizenship to Yang Liu against the advice of a senior investigator at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). …
Emails obtained under the Official Information Act reveal a senior Immigration NZ investigator wrote to Mr Ross after learning of the decision.
Russell Ogilvy asked whether Mr Ross recommended that citizenship be declined and whether he had told Mr Jones “to speak with his own department regarding the decision”.
Mr Jones was the Acting Internal Affairs Minister in this case but also the Associate Immigration Minister.
“The minister was advised of both the pending police and INZ investigations,” responded Mr Ross.
Yet not only granted citizenship, but approved the special ceremony:
The emails also reveal that Mr Jones granted Mr Liu an urgent private ceremony at the request of Labour MP Dover Samuels, despite the advice of another DIA official that he did not meet the criteria.
Criteria only apply to people who are not friends of the Labour Party.Tags: Bill Liu, Shane Jones, Yang Liu