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Johnny Depp's apology over Australia dog smuggling 'no Oscar winner' and going off 'like a frog in a sock'

An Australian politician - who once threatened to kill Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's dogs - has ridiculed the Hollywood couple's apology.

In court on Monday, Ms Heard pleaded guilty to making a false statement on her immigration card about the couple's Yorkshire terriers.

She was handed a one-month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded. If she breaks the bond she must pay A$1,000 (£540).

Two illegal importation charges against her were dropped earlier.

These carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail or fines of up to A$265,000.

Ms Heard and Mr Depp both attended Southport Magistrate's Court in Queensland state, amid a media scrum.

Her guilty plea meant Mr Depp was excused from giving evidence to the court.

A video was also shown in court, and made public by the Department of Agriculture, in which the couple expressed remorse and advised travellers to respect Australian laws.

Responding to the case, Australia's Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said Mr Depp looked like he was "auditioning for the Godfather".

He told Australian broadcaster ABC it looked like Depp was "auditioning for the Godfather".

"I don't think he'll get an Academy Award for his performance," Mr Joyce said.

"At the end of it we've got a message that is going all around the world right now, it's going off like a frog in a sock telling people that if you come into this nation and you don't obey our laws, you're in trouble," added Mr Joyce.

In the video, Ms Heard calls Australia "a wonderful island, with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people".

Mr Depp adds: "Declare everything when you enter Australia."

Mr Joyce, in a later interview added: "Do it again Johnny, do it with gusto mate, a little gusto.

"Rise to the camera."

The case, dubbed the "war on terrier", made international headlines in May 2015, after Mr Joyce threatened to have the dogs Pistol and Boo put down if they didn't "bugger off" back to the United States.

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