Sunday 18 February 2018

Rapist Mike Tyson may be banned from Irish appearance

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

CONVICTED rapist Mike Tyson could be forced to scrap an appearance in Dublin next year as he may be banned from entering the country, the Herald has learned.

The former world heavyweight champion boxer is booked in for a one-man show in Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 27.

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth has already had a successful run on Broadway and a multi-city US tour and is directed by the legendary Spike Lee.

However, it appears the boxer, who was convicted in 1992 for the rape of a beauty queen, has fallen foul of Irish immigration laws.

Under Irish law, a non-EU national who has served longer than 12 months in prison can be refused entry into the country by immigration control.

"We would not comment on the details of an individual case but that's the law and it's the same for everybody," a Department of Justice spokeswoman said.

As Tyson has served longer than 12 months in prison, she confirmed that he could be refused access "at point of entry" into the state.

He was convicted in 1992 for the rape of a teenage beauty queen and served three years of a six-year sentence.

He also has convictions for assault, cocaine possession and driving under the influence.

"An immigration official will have to make the decision," the spokeswoman added.

"That's the law as it stands. There's that authority that empowers them to refuse entry to anyone if they have been convicted of an offence and imprisoned for more than a year."

The spokeswoman said immigration control may refuse him entry at Dublin airport, or he could be informed of their decision before his departure to Ireland.

She also refused to say whether or not the department had decided to allow Tyson enter the country for the highly-anticipated Olympia gig.

Ticketmaster confirmed that premium front row seats, costing ¿156 plus booking fee, have already sold out.

They offer fans the chance to bump fists with the man himself during a post-show meet and greet and get a photograph taken with him.

The news that he may be banned from entry to Ireland will come as a massive blow to the explosive boxer.

He was forced to scrap appearances in London this week after changes to UK immigration laws last December.

Under new rules in the UK, any person who has been sentenced to more than four years in prison is barred from entering the country.

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