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Liu lawyers up

Donghua Liu has hired one of the country's most expensive lawyers in preparation for possible Labour Party legal action, the NZ Herald reports.

The paper says Mr Liu has retained Paul Davison, QC, to head a team of advisors reviewing his records.

"Yes, I can confirm that I have been engaged to advise Mr Liu in connection with the issues arising from his donations to the Labour Party," Mr Davison told NBR.

The QC's client list includes another immigrant whose political donations have caused controversy: Kim Dotcom.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has challenged Mr Liu to substantiate allegations he donated $150,000 to his party, later revised to below $100,000 as it became trickier to explain how an all-comany river boat cruise in China in 2007, attended by then cabinet minister Rick Barker, constituted a donation to the Labour party.

Mr Barker has challenged the Chinese millionaire to at least swear an affidavit if he can't produce any paperwork.

Earlier this week, Mr Cunliffe said he would not rule out legal action.

Labour has brought in a barrister to audit its own accounts, but says it has so far found nothing, and Mr Barker — present at the time of Mr Liu's alleged large donation, says he remembers no transaction of that size. Labour has also questioned how Prime Minister John Key had foreknowledge of a series of Herald stories on the issue, with Mr Cunliffe saying the sequence of events suggests a smear campaign.

Separately, Mr Liu has plead guilty to domestic violence charges after an incident in December. He is awaiting sentencing, and faces a maximum penalty of three weeks jail. Mr Liu has been a major National Party  donor, and former cabinet minister Maurice Williamson resigned his portfolios nine weeks ago over a call to police after the millionaire's initial arrest.

Comments and questions

I think it is time to review Lui's citizenship. With a view to cancelling. We don't need the type of political payment and bribery that he is bringing into this country. It is time Kiwi's stood up and said " if you want to live in our country then you should abide by our laws, culture and language.

Please be fair - he played as per our politicians rules at the time - like the rest of the world

The politicians have made a pigs ear of this trying to cover up & hes just making sure hes not road kill

I'm happy for law & legals in NZ to follow due path - often results in truth coming out

What bribery? Political donations are 100% legal and there is NO evidence that any donation was not in good faith. National didn't hide the $22k, which is how the fact he was donating actually became public knowledge in the first place.

Bribery? What would you do with Owen Glenn and the political payments by the unions to Labour then?

If I was the lawyer I'd want the money up front.

Kiwi's - time Kiwis learnt to use apostrophes. It's also part of our culture ... as long as you write like this you're not very credible IMO.

Labour was the one who decided to bring up Liu's donation to National to stir up anti sentiments.

What would you do if you were Liu? Sit quietly and allow Labour's hypocrisy to go unchallenged?

I say - GOOD on Liu and let this be a warning to all the politicians that they better be cleaner than clean before they start flinging mud around.

Liu is a Chinese business man who is used to manipulating politicians via money transfer. He has played both major parties for fools. Politicians and NZ in general need to wake up and realise we are now working and trading on the global stage with all the global tricks thrown in. Kiwis are too naïve to see that this mans methods are quite normal outside NZ.