Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Zaoui 2½ - Crown ½

Fri, 1 Oct 2004

1 October 2004 Zaoui 2½ - Crown ½

Green Co-Leader Rod Donald is urging the Government to quit while its behind and set Ahmed Zaoui free, following today's landmark Court of Appeal decision.

The three judges of the Court rejected the Crown's appeal against an earlier High Court decision that Mr Zaoui's human rights, as defined by the international refugee convention, must be taken into account in the review of the Security Risk Certificate that is detaining him at the Auckland Central Remand Prison. The Court also awarded costs. The score at the Court of Appeal is now Zaoui's legal team two and a half, Crown a half (the half being the split decision on the legality of his detention in a prison).

"The Court of Appeal has correctly ruled that Ahmed Zaoui's human rights must be taken into account when the Inspector-General of Security and Intelligence reviews the Security Risk Certificate," said Mr Donald.

"Clearly the courts accept that Mr Zaoui is a refugee, as determined by the Refugee Status Appeals Authority, and should be treated as such.

"The Government has failed in virtually every legal attempt it has made to deny Mr Zaoui his rights. Instead of delaying his release any further, Paul Swain, the Minister of Immigration, should use his powers to lift the Security Risk Certificate and allow Mr Zaoui to walk free. Not doing so will simply extend Mr Zaoui's pain and suffering while he waits for the Inspector-General to undertake the security review, a process that has now become irrelevant following today's Court decision.

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Zaoui's legal team - Deborah Manning, Richard McLeod and Rodney Harrison QC - for standing up against the full weight of not only the New Zealand Government but also those other powers who have an interest in stopping this democratically elected member of the Algerian Parliament from making New Zealand his home and being reunited with his wife and children.

"The fact that the court has awarded costs to Zaoui vindicates their pursuit of justice through every available channel in the face of enormous Government pressure," said Mr Donald.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news