Shane Jones claims to have granted citizenship to Bill Liu, apparently a member of the Falun Gong religious group on "humanitarian" grounds. Liu feared for his life in the unlikely event that he was deported to China, given that he already held permanent resident status as we blogged yesterday, and would have been able to contest any attempt at deportation.
So we can't help but wonder; where was Shane Jones' humanitarian concern when this case crossed his desk just four months prior to Bill Liu's; the North Shore Times reports (with our emphasis added):
A last-ditch attempt to stop the deportation of an Iranian Christian has been rejected by Associate Immigration Minister Shane Jones.Mr Jones will not overrule an Immigration New Zealand decision to deport 25-year-old Birkenhead resident Bahareh Moradi.His decision writes off the last chance Miss Moradi had to stay in New Zealand.Her three brothers live in New Zealand. All have refugee status.The Moradi family had applied for the deportation to be put on hold until after a High Court judicial review of Miss Moradi’s case in July.That request was turned down by the High Court in March.As the North Shore Times went to print, Miss Moradi was waiting to be sent to Iran by immigration officials.It is feared going back to Iran could be dangerous because she has become a Christian.Under Sharia law, converting from Islam to Christianity is a sin and can be punished by death.Her pastor at St Aiden’s Presbyterian Rinny Westra is shocked at the minister’s decision to uphold the deportation order.He says it is based on flawed reports from the Refugee Status Appeals Authority and Immigration New Zealand."I consider it a complete miscarriage of justice."I testified to her Christian commitment and I still testify to that."Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman says he has done all he can to help Miss Moradi.He presented a petition organised by Mr Westra to Parliament in March.It was referred to select committee."What do you do? We have to accept it.
And here comes the killer line:
"Shane Jones has acted on the advice of his officials and they’ve said there isn’t a case to keep her here."
Perhaps she will, but she's only been asked to look at the process, and not the decision itself, thanks to the extraordinarily narrow Terms of Reference that David Shearer has come up with. It's all a bit like Noel Ingram's inquiry into Philip Field.