Shane Jones has broken his silence on Bill Liu; Stuff reports:
Labour MP Shane Jones has admitted there were questions over the identity of the Chinese millionaire he controversially gave a New Zealand passport to.Jones approved the application from Yong Min Yan, who is standing trial for passport fraud.He overruled the advice of internal affairs officials who said Yan's citizenship should not be approved. Yan - also known as Bill Liu - had been red-flagged by Interpol, had a number of identities and his Australian bank accounts were frozen.Jones said today: ''Look, I certainly know that there was a live issue as to whether or not this man is who he says he was. Without access to files I just really can't tell you whether I can recall...''Earlier in 2008, immigration officials had recommended Yan's residency - granted in 2002 - be revoked. Then-immigration minister David Cunliffe told them to investigate further.Jones said he wasn't briefed by Cunliffe or immigration officials.''I don't remember ever talking to David Cunliffe about this guy ... I don't ever recall being briefed by the immigration department on this issue. And the man was a resident as far as I was concerned, as I recall.''He added: ''Um, in fairness it's four years on. Without having access to the file I just can't fully recollect. But what I do know is that there was always a mystery as to whether the man was who he says he was. Those were allegations.''He was aware of the Interpol red notices - issued because the Chinese government ordered arrest warrants for embezzlement.''Yes, yes that was referred to [in Yang's case file]. And that related to allegations that the Chinese government, as I recall, was making.''Jones said his decision to approve Yan's citizenship was based on ''humanitarian grounds'' but will not elaborate until the trial concludes. A verdict is likely on Thursday.
"Humanitarian grounds" covers a multitude of sins. It will be interesting to see what Jones comes up with when he further breaks his silebce after Liu's passport fraud trial continues.
But surely, if there were ANY doubts that Liu was not who he said he was, and that there were arrest notices filed with Interpol, that must also cast doubt on the claims of "humanitarian grounds" which Liu was had advanced.