A delayed appeal will decide the fate of convicted drug dealer Karel Sroubek

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Convicted drug trafficker Karel Šroubek’s appeal against his deportation has not yet been heard.

Karel Srubek.
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The Immigration and Protection Court will decide whether the kickboxer, who arrived 19 years ago on another person’s passport, will be returned to the Czech Republic.

Šroubek, who was granted parole in 2020 after being jailed for nearly six years, had an appeal scheduled last July. But a court spokesperson said the hearing did not take place and another date would likely be confirmed later this month.

“On July 8, 2021, Mr. Šroubek’s legal representatives informed the Court that they had terminated their engagement to act for Mr. Šroubek and on July 9, 2021, the Court granted the request of adjournment of the hearing of Mr Šroubek.

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“A new date which was scheduled for this hearing was later adjourned due to the Covid alert level restrictions which were in place.”

The former kickboxing world champion first arrived in New Zealand in 2003 as Jan Antolik and was granted residency in 2008. He was cleared of kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges a year later. late.

He was released without conviction for immigration offenses and another conviction was overturned on appeal, but he served four and a half years of his prison sentence for importing nearly 5 kg of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.

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Šroubek faced deportation for his drug conviction and held a visa under a false identity, but was instead granted residency a second time – this time in his own name – by the immigration minister of time, Iain Lees-Galloway, who decided to expel him after a public outcry. and government review.

The new deportation liability notice claimed that Šroubek was an excluded person whose visas were granted as a result of an administrative error.

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Šroubek told the parole board that he still feared for his safety if he was deported to his country of birth, where he claims to have witnessed a murder.

When he arrived in New Zealand, he was wanted by the Czech authorities because he had not served a four and a half year prison sentence.

An online Interpol listing said he was wanted for disorderly conduct, trespassing on another’s property and attacking a law enforcement officer.

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