Jailed crim granted NZ res­i­dency

Drug smug­gler ar­rived on fake pass­port. By Matthew Rosen­berg and Paul Mitchell.

Sunday Star-Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A con­victed drug smug­gler has been handed an un­prece­dented get-out-of-jail card: in­stead of be­ing de­ported af­ter serv­ing his prison sen­tence, the Gov­ern­ment has granted him New Zealand res­i­dency. Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion Iain Lees-Gal­loway has made a special de­ci­sion to grant res­i­dency to the 37-year-old Czech, even though he came to New Zealand on a false pass­port and is serv­ing time in Auck­land South prison for im­port­ing drugs with a street value of $375,000. Karel Sroubek fled to New Zealand us­ing a friend’s pass­port in 2003. He said he was on the run from cor­rupt cops af­ter wit­ness­ing a murder. Un­der the name Jan An­to­lik, he built a new life as a busi­ness­man, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive-level kick­boxer, and a Hells An­gels as­so­ciate. When the law caught up with him, he ad­mit­ted his crim­i­nal ties in the Czech Repub­lic – and his clashes with po­lice con­tin­ued. Sroubek faced sev­eral charges, re­lat­ing to drugs and rob­bery. But he was ei­ther ac­quit­ted or had his con­vic­tions over­turned –

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Karel Sroubek com­peted in kick­box­ing fights un­der the name Jan An­to­lik.

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