Paul Spoonley: Immigration Minister needs to justify why Czech gangster's been granted permanent NZ residency

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Oct 28, 20182m
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Paul Spoonley: Immigration Minister needs to justify why Czech gangster's been granted permanent NZ residency
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An immigration expert says there must be extraordinary reasons why a Czech gangster has been granted permanent residency in New Zealand. Immigration minister Iain Lees-Galloway has granted Karel Sroubek residency under his powers of absolute discretion. He hasn't explained why he decided to do that, despite Sroubek's criminal convictions, gang connections, and use of two names. Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley told Mike Hosking the Immigration Minister will need to have good reasons for his decision. "He's a convicted criminal both in his home country and here. He arrived on somebody else's passport, so he breached our laws on arrival and he's breached them since." He said the public deserves to know why he's being allowed to stay.  "It might be that if he got deported there would be family here that would be unable to look after themselves [or] it might be that if they were to send him back he would be in some sort of danger." It is very unusual for a Minister to use the powers of absolute discretion, he said. "If he is a threat to public order and hasn't met the good character requirement for someone to stay in the country, the Minister does have to explain himself, I think." LISTEN ABOVE AS PAUL SPOONLEY SPEAKS WITH MIKE HOSKING 

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