New Zealand officials say a refugee who stabbed a refugee at Auckland Mall two days ago obtained the status by deception.
Authorities also sought to revoke the accused’s visa and issue deportation notices, raising questions about New Zealand’s anti-terrorism laws since the attack, which allowed the attacker to remain free. Authorities were aware of the danger.
Court documents relating to the Auckland Mall attacker have been released, naming the 32-year-old attacker as Ahmed Atheel Muhammad Shamsuddin, a Tamil Muslim from Sri Lanka.
The suspect arrived in New Zealand on a student visa 10 years ago to obtain refugee status, which was granted in 2013.
The attacker also spent nearly three years in prison before being released in July. He was linked to the Islamic State militant group and was under constant surveillance, but could no longer be detained under the law.
It should be noted that the attacker was shot dead by the police on the spot.