The Czech Republic’s Karel Sroubek is currently in Auckland South prison, serving time for importing drugs with a street value of $375 000.
Lees-Galloway caused a stir recently, when Stuff reported that he had granted Sroubek residency instead of deporting him.
Sroubek had also received a “final warning” letter from the minister on 19 September, pointing out the “strict conditions” he must meet, including presenting immigration with a valid travel document in his true identity, within five months.
It is understood that Sroubek has still not provided the documents required to secure residency in New Zealand.
Lees-Galloway said that it was one of the most difficult decisions he had to make, but after reviewing the information available, is confident he has made the right decision.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern had to face questions from the media related to the case and told reporters to “read between the lines”.
She would not comment as to whether Sroubek was under threat in his homeland or not.