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Sroubek accusers put in witness protection

6 November 2018

Sroubek accusers put in witness protection

The Czech drug dealing gang associate allowed to stay in New Zealand in spite of a history of offending was accused of such serious crimes a witness against him was put in witness protection, according to court documents, National Party Leader Simon Bridges says.

“In 2009 Karel Sroubek and his associates were accused of aggravated robbery and blackmailing a man, according to court documents. The same man had previously made an assault complaint against Mr Sroubek only to withdraw it after receiving threatening text messages.

“Following further disagreements over money, the witness was allegedly assaulted by four men who then stole his watch and car. The witness claimed Mr Sroubek and other Hells Angels associates were his attackers.

“Court documents show after these incidents the witness went to Police before he and his family were placed under witness protection.

“These are very serious allegations made against a very serious criminal.

“How on earth was a gang associate convicted of fraud and drug dealing and accused of assault and extortion allowed to stay in New Zealand? These court documents are in the public domain and the Government should have considered them before deciding he deserved to remain in New Zealand, making our communities less safe.

“This case has undermined our immigration system. How can the Government now tell good, law abiding immigrant families they can’t stay in New Zealand when they allowed Mr Sroubek to? And how do we know Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway hasn’t made other immigration decisions this bad?

“The mounting evidence is clear and the Government’s inquiry is worthless. Mr Sroubek should go and so should Iain Lees-Galloway.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please find the relevant court document attached.


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