Police have restrained $360,000 in lawyers’ fees after a client was revealed to be the apparent ringleader of a $40 million Auckland drug syndicate.
The move is rare in legal circles, despite police having powers to restrain funds from law firms if money is thought to be dirty.
The Herald on Sunday was granted access to previously sealed court documents last week, revealing what assets the Crown restrained and seized following a covert surveillance operation into the meth ring.
Operation Fireball - an investigation into Ka Kit Yim and his assets - followed Operation Coral by the Organised Crime Agency and New Zealand Customs after the discovery of nearly 40kg of crystal meth hidden in a Chinese shipment of granite tea trays in February last year.
The 40-year-old Hong Kong man, also known as Chris Yim, was arrested on March 2 last year while driving his Mercedes Benz in East Tamaki. (more…)
Songbirds flitted among the redbud trees. The wind tickled yellow flowers in fields of rapeseed. The medieval church clock clanged on the hour.
Otherwise all was still in this one-boulangerie town in the French countryside when Marine Le Pen strode to the lectern and, with the unwavering force of a freight train, vowed to save the country on behalf of its forgotten young.
“Our youth are in despair,” the 48-year-old thundered. “I will be the voice of the voiceless.” (more…)
Politicians and advocacy groups have slammed a Facebook video by an Islamic group which condones domestic violence and describes hitting wives as “a beautiful blessing”.
The video, which was shot during an all-women’s event in Sydney’s west and posted to Facebook by the women’s branch of Hizb Ut-Tahrir, was revealed by The Australian newspaper this morning.
It features two Muslim women explaining that according to their understanding of Islam, men can discipline their wives by “hitting” them with a small stick or twisted scarf so as not to cause pain. (more…)
As of December 31, Bank of China NZ had gross loans of $345.919 million including residential mortgages of $33.759 million, and corporate loans of $309.387 million. Total deposits stood at $214.180 million, and total assets at $514.534 million.
A retired couple who sold their dream home for nearly $2 million to a young family were mortified to learn the buyers immediately on-sold the property for half a million dollars more.
“My poor husband doesn’t even want to talk about it, he’s devastated,” Dianne Millar told theHerald.
“It is absolutely galling. We feel foolish. We feel stupid. I think that’s the hardest thing to get over because nobody likes to feel like that.”
Millar and her husband built and landscaped the sprawling four bedroom, four bathroom property on Redoubt Rd in Flat Bush, where they lived for nearly 15 years.
Zhenfeng Xie and his wife Jessy Li visited the property with their children last year to collect a Trade Me purchase. They told Millar and her husband they loved the house and wanted to buy it for their family.
It was not on the market, but the pensioners decided to downsize and free up capital to help their own family.
They obtained a valuation then negotiated a price of $1.95 million and sold privately to Xie and Li in July, with settlement to occur on January 27 this year.
Xie and Li told the couple they planned to live in the house with their extended family from China.
But in February, just two weeks after settlement, Millar received a call from her sister-in-law saying the house was on the market. (more…)
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