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

 

David Swanson: Torture Is Mainstream Now

As Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president. And it's not hard to see why that would be the case. More>>

Uri Avnery: In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Poverty Incentive: Making The Poor Carry The Refugee Can

The poorer you are, the more likely you need to shoulder more. This axiomatic rule of social intercourse, engagement and daily living is simple and brutal enough: the poor shall hold, conserve, preserve. More>>

Nureddin Sabir: BBC Misreports John Kerry On Talks Failure

For once, US Secretary of State John Kerry was not mincing his words when he blamed Israel for the breakdown of talks with the Palestinians. But you would not have known this if you were following the story from the BBC News website. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Narendra Modi, And The Elections In India

On the upside, the gigantic election process that began yesterday in India is the largest exercise in democracy on the planet. Reportedly, a staggering five million people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the election process. The likely outcome is not quite so welcome... More>>

ALSO:

Ramzy Baroud: Kerry’s Looming Deadline And The Peace Process Industry

As the US-imposed April 29 deadline for a ‘framework’ agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority looms, time is also running out for the American administration itself. More>>

Harvey Wasserman: Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction

The 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster has brought critical new evidence that petro-pollution is destroying our global ecosystem. The third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan confirms that radioactive reactor ... More>>

Shobha Shukla: Rise In Global Health Financing, But Funding Priorities Shift

A new research done by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), at the University of Washington, indicates that globally the total development assistance for health (DAH) hit an all-time high of $31.3 billion in 2013 (a year-over-year ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
TEDxAuckland
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news