Sunday 11 December 2016

Australia considers cancelling UK-born cleric's visa over anti-gay comments

Published 14/06/2016 | 07:06

Malcolm Turnbull says the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is reviewing the visa
Malcolm Turnbull says the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is reviewing the visa

Australia is considering cancelling the visa of a British-born Islamic cleric who has reportedly condemned homosexuality, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

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The Australian newspaper reported that British-born Farrokh Sekaleshfar arrived in Sydney a week ago as a guest speaker of the Imam Husain Islamic Centre.

The newspaper reported that when asked about homosexuality at a lecture at the University of Michigan in 2013, Sekaleshfar said: "Death is the sentence."

Mr Turnbull said the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is reviewing Sekaleshfar's visa.

Minister for immigration and border protection Peter Dutton said he ordered the review after becoming aware on Monday of the cleric's presence in Australia.

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