NZDF personnel serving as mercenaries against Russian-speaking Ukranians

Richard Wang made this Official Information request to New Zealand Defence Force

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From: Richard Wang

Dear New Zealand Defence Force,

1) How many NZDF personnel have taken leave without pay in the year to date?
2) Did the deceased mercenary Dominic Abelen indicate that he intended to travel overseas? If so, to which countries?
3) How many NZDF personnel took leave without pay in the previous year? How many indicated that they intended to travel to Europe? If Abelen indicated that he intended to travel to countries in Europe adjoining the Ukraine, how many others taking leave without pay indicated that they intended to travel to the same countries?

Richard Wang

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Good morning Richard Wang

Please find attached the New Zealand Defence Force response to your below request.


Corporate and Ministerial Services
Office of the Chief of Defence Force
New Zealand Defence Force

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