Mike Tyson denied New Zealand Visa
Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight boxing champion, has been told that he will not be receiving a visa which would have granted him access to New Zealand. Tyson had initially been told that he would be given a visa because the speaking tour he is going on would have benefited a children’s charity.
However, a spokesman for the Life Education Trust said it wanted nothing to do with the former boxer who was sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of raping an 18-year-old woman in a hotel room in 1991. He was allowed out on parole after serving three years but New Zealand immigration laws mean that anyone who has been convicted of a crime and sentenced to more than a year behind bars cannot enter the country.
The immigration department is able to grant exceptions. However, New Zealand’s Associate Immigration Minister, Kate Wilkinson, said the withdrawal of support for Tyson’s visit by the children’s charity meant that he would not now be permitted to come in.
Max Markson, the promoter of the tour said tickets for Tyson’s talk would continue to be sold on the hope that another charity can be found to sponsor his visa. If the show does not go ahead, then all those who have bought tickets will be given a refund, Mr Markson promised. He added that his client was scheduled to be in New Zealand for less than 24-hours and was not a danger to anyone.
The former boxer is due to visit Australia as well where there are also strict rules on people who have been convicted of serious crimes.
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