The SIS has lifted the final hurdle facing Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui - his security threat certificate has been dropped.
A victory for common sense I think. Whilst I argued strenuously four years ago, based on the documentation we had, that Zaoui clearly had been hanging around with terrorists, the evidence placing him directly in the mix was more murky.
Two years ago Investigate editorialised that it was time to bring Zaoui in from the cold for the sake of his family...as any security risk could be managed by ongoing SIS surveillance...and the length of time it was taking to sort things out was ridiculous.
However, this weekend's Investigate has a very different character...one of two Islamic radicals who entered NZ based on false information, and who had trained at a terror camp in Pakistan's remote northwestern province that is also used by al Qa'ida.
We name these two men in the next Investigate, and publish letters between themselves and members of the terror organisation Lashkar e Taiba back in Pakistan...
We also ask why one of these men is still at large in New Zealand, with an extension to his work permit, despite authorities being told by a moderate Muslim of the security risk back in 2005.