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New Zealand cancels Mike Tyson visa

Published 02/10/2012

Mike Tyson has been refused entry to New Zealand
Mike Tyson has been refused entry to New Zealand

New Zealand authorities have cancelled an entry visa for former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson, days after the country's prime minister spoke out against his planned visit.

Tyson had earlier been granted an exemption to New Zealand immigration rules to speak at a November charitable event entitled Day of the Champions.

Tyson's 1992 rape conviction would have normally made him ineligible to enter the country.

Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson said in a statement that the original decision to let the Las Vegas celebrity enter was "a finely balanced call" and the charity to benefit from his visit had now withdrawn its support.

Prime Minister John Key spoke out against the planned visit this week, questioning the decision by immigration authorities and saying he personally disapproved.

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