Yong Ming Yan case 'highly suspicious'

Last updated 15:39 31/05/2012

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A High Court judge has ruled that the way Chinese millionaire Yong Ming Yan was granted citizenship was "highly suspicious".

Justice Timothy Brewer has just published his full written verdict against Yan - also known as Liu Yang and Bill Liu - who last week was found not guilty on charges of using documents to fraudulently gain immigration status and citizenship.

Then acting Internal Affairs Minister Shane Jones granted citizenship despite the Department of Internal Affairs advising against it.

The Labour MP has been stood down from the party's front bench pending an investigation as to why citizenship was granted.

Justice Brewer said looking at the evidence as a whole, "it proves a situation that is highly suspicious".

But he said to move from high suspicious to proof beyond reasonable doubt of dishonest intention required more.

"In the absence of firm evidence that the accused knew of the falsity of the documents there would need to be proof of dishonest intention in using the Liu Yang identity," Justice Brewer says.

"Such proof, of course, would have to come from admissible evidence. The Crown has not been able to put such evidence before me."

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