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article imageOp-Ed: Why Mike Tyson barred from entering UK to promote book

By Leo Reyes     Dec 13, 2013 in Sports
The United Kingdom has barred former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson from entering the country on account of his 1992 rape conviction.
Tyson was scheduled to visit the UK this week to promote his book The Undisputed Champion in the country where he fought twice during the prime of his career.
Tyson was reportedly travelling to the UK when he was advised to abort his trip because of immigration issues.
"There was a change in the UK immigration law in December 2012 of which we were unaware," Collins was quoted as saying.
"For this reason Mike had to change location to Paris to salvage his press obligations for the UK." he added.
The UK has confirmed the changes saying the country "reserves the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone who is convicted of serious criminal offences."
In 1992, Tyson was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for the rape case filed by then 18-year-old beauty queen Desiree Washington, Miss Black Rhode Island. He was released from prison in March 1995.
The news about Britain's refusal to allow Tyson's travel to the UK elicited contrasting reactions from the public with some critics saying the UK has allowed less deserving asylum seekers and known terrorists while Tyson, who had spent his time in jail for his misdeeds, is being refused entry.
It is indeed sad to see a man who has paid for his crime against society by serving his time in jail to be refused entry into a country that is known for espousing freedom and democracy.
While UK has the right to refuse entry to anyone convicted of a crime, Tyson has paid for his misdeeds and is no way a terrorist to be refused entry.
Tyson's only purpose in wanting to travel to the UK is to promote his book. He shouldn't be considered a security risk if the intent of the revised UK immigration law is to flush out terrorists and criminals.
Tyson, who has brought honor and prestige to the US and to the world with his exceptional boxing talent and skill as a former heavyweight boxing champion, deserves better treatment than what the UK Home Office has given him.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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