31 May 2012

Judge says businessman's actions highly suspicious

8:20 pm on 31 May 2012

A High Court judge says the actions of a millionaire Chinese businessman who has been acquitted of immigration fraud in New Zealand are still highly suspicious.

Yan Yong Ming, who is also known by two other names including Bill Liu, was found not guilty on five charges of fraud, including lying to gain citizenship, on 24 May.

The charges related to false declarations on immigration papers.

Justice Brewer has released the reasons for his verdicts, saying the situation is highly suspicious but there is not enough proof to convict.

The judge said he could not consider allegations that Mr Yan had political support in getting citizenship when reaching his verdict, saying there is no room for emotion.

Meanwhile, Auditor-General Lyn Provost is to conduct an inquiry into a decision by the Labour Party's Shane Jones to grant citizenship to Mr Yan when the MP was a government minister in 2008.