Strip millionaire of citizenship – PM
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 6:17p.m.
By Patrick Gower
The Prime Minister says New Zealand citizenship could be stripped from a mysterious Chinese millionaire who obtained a New Zealand passport despite multiple identities.
But it would require the use of special discretionary powers.
Everyone knows that "Yong Ming Yan" or "Bill Liu" isn't who he says he is.
It's now an open secret he uses a variety of different names, identities and aliases, including to obtain a New Zealand passport, and he was helped by his friends in the Labour Party.
Despite this, he still remains a New Zealand citizen. So the question is: does this damage the integrity of the Kiwi passport?
“That's probably the reason why this matter is now before the Auditor General and clearly Shane Jones has got some big questions to answer,” says Prime Minister John Key.
He's originally Yong Ming Yan, a Chinese citizen, but went by Bill Liu and Yang Liu to get New Zealand citizenship and a passport.
Four days later, he then changed that to William Yan and got a new New Zealand passport issued under that name.
“Overall I think most New Zealanders would have a high degree of confidence in the process for granting citizenship,” says Mr Key.
Even though Mr Yan was found not guilty on charges of immigration fraud, the judge found his actions "highly suspicious".
But the Government still has the discretion to act.
The Minister of Internal Affairs can deprive or revoke citizenship if "satisfied" it was obtained by fraud, false representation or wilful concealment of relevant information.
“It's possible,” says Mr Key. “But of course the Minister would have to satisfy himself that those test are there. In other words, that the information was wilfully concealed, for instance.”
The Auditor General is currently investigating the process around how Mr Liu or Mr Yan got such special treatment. That inquiry is understood to be just a month or two away and Mr Yan's friends in the Labour Party who helped him are nervously awaiting the results.
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13/03/2013 12:43:24 a.m.
Amelia Koo wrote:
Dear Patrick Gower, could you please remind John Key that he said that this Chinese criminal Yan citizenship could be stripped? This was back on 27 Aug 2012 (NZ Herald News) John Key is not acting as a leader of this nation. He is just a coward!!So many people are declined residency going through the right channel but this criminal gets away with murder! Not fair.
29/08/2012 12:33:39 p.m.
Fair goer;........ wrote:
Oh my goodness - what are we coming to. Internal Affairs would not consider any applications that are considered to be "suspicious" by any Tangata Whenua - or any New Zealander - why/how is it that this man even with his history can get one with 4 different names and different birth dates - come on - this reeks of somethings falling into someones back pockets - what else could it be.............
29/08/2012 2:18:26 a.m.
Michael Orton wrote:
No-one who uses four different names and two different birth dates over a period of less than five years can possibly be considered honest or without some serious background checking nedded
28/08/2012 3:52:44 p.m.
Fair NZer wrote:
Not only should "Yong Ming Yan" or "Bill Liu" and/or by any other names be stripped of his("their")New Zealand citizenship(s), his("their') cronies with any dubious substantial transaction(s) should also be investigated for any wrongdoing(s) and properly prosecuted accordingly. No stones should be left unturned....
28/08/2012 3:16:55 p.m.
@ AlisonRead the facts, he has been back to China a cpl of times...hardly a trip you would attempt if you were going to be killed eh? This is Labour corruption end of story, Day after his request for citicenship he was formally given it in Labour caucus (in Maori room I believe) Jones and Samuels corrupt as he gave alot to Labour campain fund as well as Samuals and Jones was in partnership with one of his companies....very smelly and heads will roll starting with Jones, jail I say Samuels also!All you lefties were baying for Nick Smith to go with the letter he wrote for Pullar and he did go...what's the difference now?...read Espiners blog and see how filthy the waters are in Labour.
28/08/2012 9:23:42 a.m.
Isnt he the one that was supposed to have been murdered for body parts if he returned to china? Was there any truth to Shane Jones claims as if yes then let him stay. Id lie to survive as Im sure others would. If not send him home. Theres plenty of immigration special treatment going on from Labour and National, so not getting involved in their corrupt dealings.
28/08/2012 5:44:06 a.m.
David Shearer called for the enquiry STEVE
27/08/2012 11:28:19 p.m.
So he was found not guilty and then the National government think kick a friend of the Labour party out? This sounds almost like the dictators in china.
27/08/2012 10:58:18 p.m.
How can he not be guilty of immigration fraud? He has multiple names with multiple passports none of which are in his real name. Deportation!!
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