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Zaoui should let Inspector-General decide now

Hon Tony Ryall

National Immigration Spokesman

1 October 2004

Zaoui should let Inspector-General decide now

Ahmed Zaoui should cease his serial legal action and end this nightmare
for the New Zealand taxpayer, says National's Immigration spokesman, Tony
Ryall.

"Mr Zaoui should now leave it for the Inspector-General of Security to
decide whether or not he poses a security risk to this country."

Zaoui has been convicted by Belgium for associations with terrorists.

He is the only person in New Zealand to have been subject to a National
Security Certificate.

"The law is clear - we do not have to accept refugees who have such
convictions. No amount of legal hop-scotch can deny that," says Mr
Ryall.

"We can't let this madness continue. Mr Zaoui has clogged up our legal
system for long enough - it's time to let the Inspector-General do his job
without any further action from Mr Zaoui".

ENDS

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