Bid to stop legal action fails for director. NZPA August 13, 2010, 10:21 am.
A director of a New Zealand firm linked to arms traffickers has lost her bid to have legal action against her stopped. Lu Zhang, 28, is accused of with making false statements in company registration firms after she declared her office address was her residence in 75 companies she registered. She was charged after a plane loads of weapons including rockets and grenades from North Korea bound for Iran was seized in Bangkok last year.
The Russian-made aircraft was allegedly hired by SP Trading, which was registered with an Auckland address and listed Zhang as a director, according to the Companies Office.
In Auckland District Court yesterday Zhang’s lawyer Frank Deliu told the court the action should stop and she had been selectively prosecuted by the Companies Office and that others had done the same, The New Zealand Herald reported.
Judge David Harvey ordered non-publication of documents submitted by Mr Deliu alleging ministers MPs and judges had supplied incorrect information when registering companies. Zhang entered no plea and was remanded to appear again next month.
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