Jailed crim granted NZ residency
Drug smuggler arrived on fake passport. By Matthew Rosenberg and Paul Mitchell.
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.