The terrorist who attacked shoppers with knives in an Auckland supermarket tried to leave his New Zealand residence three years ago.
But Immigration New Zealand (INZ) said Ahmed Athal Muhammad Samsuddin refused to engage with the agency on the application in 2018, and the matter was dropped.
It’s been a week. Samsuddin was shot. Surveillance officers at LynnMall’s Countdown Supermarket monitored it during the 24/7 operation. He used a knife, which he picked up from a store shelf and struck five shoppers, injuring two others. Its victims are recovering, although some are still in hospital.
Andrew Little, who is responding to the Royal Commission’s report on the Christchurch terrorist attack, explained in a ministerial statement that the government knew about Samsuddin.
He told parliament this week that officials began reviewing his original refugee claim when he was found with extremist ISIS material and tried to join the organization’s fighters in Syria in 2017.
“In January 2018, Immigration New Zealand reopened its case and in April of this year, it applied for the revocation of its permanent resident visa. The reasons for doing so are not clear.”
Former National Party immigration minister Michael Woodhouse said he raised serious questions.
“The individual actually tried to cancel his residence, perhaps to leave the country,” he said.
“I find this unusual – why didn’t we let him go? Not only did we stop him from going when he wanted, we stopped him from returning his permanent resident visa whenever he wanted. There was one thing he didn’t want. “
In a statement, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) said it had received a request from Samsuddin to revoke his permanent resident visa.
It started after the INZ reviewed the refugee status. [which started in August 2017]Katrina Robinson, INZ’s vice president, said.
“After this request, INZ tried to talk to the individual about this request but he refused to talk to INZ. Thus, the request was not forwarded and INZ refused. Assessed their refugee status. “
Woodhouse said other issues need to be addressed, including: Its appeal The Immigration and Protection Tribunal had run out of time and should not have proceeded, and the appeal was delayed.
INZ said it considered declaring it a threat to national security in 2017, but could appeal against any route it took against its deportation.
“The country will reflect on how someone escaped harm through our laws for a murderous mission,” Little said.
“We have granted refugee status to an individual, because of the threat of claiming he was under it – and yet he poses a significant threat to his New Zealand counterparts. There is unbearable tension for the country, we must review our laws. “
The National Party won one yesterday Public Inquiry In Friday’s attack, he said it highlighted weaknesses in immigration and anti-terrorism laws.
“It is important that a public inquiry be conducted to examine the cooperation between government agencies,” said National Leader Judith Collins.
“Issues like this terrorist are being discussed with the state in the agencies and more cooperation is needed.”
He said the party had also appointed former defense minister Mark Mitchell as counter-terrorism spokesman and that he would give shade to Andrew Little as the minister in charge of the Royal Commission.
Mitchell spent 14 years in the police force, which included surveillance and armed criminals, and was assigned to Iraq’s Tactical Support Unit, which focused on counterterrorism operations.