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From: G M George

Dear New Zealand Police,

The email titled "AVI YEMINI and Rukshan FERNANDES - Information sought - Criminal History" reads: Wellington has received information that the two above named are believed to be Australian nationals intending to travel to NZ to join protest activity at Parliament scheduled on 23 August 2022. NZ Police would like to stop the two from entering NZ and URGENTLY seek any information regarding criminal convictions or any information tending to show they are individuals of bad character, associated to criminal Groups and Individuals or Far Right. NZ Police do not hold any information on the two subjects. Further information: Both subjects are associated to NZ social media commentator Chantelle Baker and are expected to join her at the protest in Parliament, posing as reporters. • Avi YEMINI is noted by commentators as a Far right extremism commentator. Avi Yemini has proudly called himself at a London protest in 2018- "the world's proudest Jewish Nazi" • Rukshan FERNANDES is noted as a misinformation super spreader. Rukshan has been labelled as "hero" of anti-mandate, anti-vax, anti-govt movement.
Questions: 1. Is it standard procedure for Interpol NZ to fish for information they can use to "stop" Australian citizens from crossing your border? 2. Why did NZ Police want to stop the Australian nationals from attending the protest? 3. Who at NZ Police made theThe email titled "AVI YEMINI and Rukshan FERNANDES - Information sought - Criminal History" reads: Wellington has received information that the two above named are believed to be Australian nationals intending to travel to NZ to join protest activity at Parliament scheduled on 23 August 2022. NZ Police would like to stop the two from entering NZ and URGENTLY seek any information regarding criminal convictions or any information tending to show they are individuals of bad character, associated to criminal Groups and Individuals or Far Right. NZ Police do not hold any information on the two subjects. Further information: Both subjects are associated to NZ social media commentator Chantelle Baker and are expected to join her at the protest in Parliament, posing as reporters. • Avi YEMINI is noted by commentators as a Far right extremism commentator. Avi Yemini has proudly called himself at a London protest in 2018- "the world's proudest Jewish Nazi" • Rukshan FERNANDES is noted as a misinformation super spreader. Rukshan has been labelled as "hero" of anti-mandate, anti-vax, anti-govt movement. Questions: 1. Is it standard procedure for Interpol NZ to fish for information they can use to stop entry to New Zealand.
I request official documents regarding this matter to and from Interpol Wellington and Interpol Canberra.

Yours faithfully,
G M George

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Tēnā koe G M George

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below, received by Police on 1 September 2022.

Your reference number is IR-01-22-26425.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 29 September 2022 unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi
Catherine
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
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