Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Confusion Over Tyson Visa Decision

The decision to grant boxer Mike Tyson a visa was made after the Life Education Trust supported his application, Immigration NZ said today; however, the education charity says it refused to back him.

School teacher Juliana Venning complained to the department about the Tyson decision and was told the former heavyweight champion’s previous criminal convictions meant he would be ineligible to be granted a visa to enter New Zealand unless given a ‘Special Direction’.

A Special Direction is considered by the Associate Minister of Immigration under Section 17 of the Immigration Act 2009 and allows exceptions to be given to a person who is not eligible for a visa.

The official said in an email ``Tyson’s application was supported by the Life Education Trust, and a Special Direction was subsequently granted by the Associate Minister. Mr Tyson was then able to apply for a visa to enter New Zealand.’’

Tyson’s subsequent visa application was approved by Immigration New Zealand.

``The Special Direction meant that Mr Tyson’s criminal convictions were not required to be considered by Immigration New Zealand when deciding the application. INZ was satisfied that all other requirements were met,’’ the official wrote.

An outraged Venning then complained to the Life Education Trust asking why the organisation was sponsoring Tyson when he was jailed in 1992 for two counts sexual deviancy, (one of rape) and jailed again 1999 for violent attacks on two motorists.

``I am as a teacher appalled and will be taking this up with schools and the Teachers' Council,” Venning wrote

Life Education Trust Chief Executive John O’Connell said the immigration official was wrong.

``Life Education Trust (NZ) were approached by the promoter in August to be considered as a charity recipient but we DECLINED to be associated with the event as a charity recipient or any other association with his visit,’’ O’Connell wrote.

On TVNZ this morning Tyson took offence to a question on his prior conviction of raping an 18-year-old female.

“I didn't do the crime, I was set up, I don't care what people say. I didn't do that f**king crime,” he said.

Tyson is headlining a motivational speaking night in Auckland in November.

Tyson rocketed to world fame with his ferocious boxing style eventually taking all world titles when he knocked out the previously undefeated Michael Spinks in 91 seconds.

His career collapsed as his personal life disintegrated leading him to jail and notoriety.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news