An Auckland barrister has been convicted for his role in the first human-trafficking conviction in New Zealand.
Mohammed Idris Hanif was convicted of knowingly providing false and misleading information to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) for providing legal services in 2014 to Faroz Ali. He will be sentenced on 3 August.
In 2016, Ali was convicted of 15 human trafficking charges for exploiting Fijians he duped into coming New Zealand. Hanif’s legal advice enabled the exploited workers, who were subjected to horrible work and housing conditions and paid salaries below the minimum wage, to remain in the country to be further exploited by Ali for his wallboard-fixing business, INZ said.