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Australian biker stuck in Thailand

Post by Nereus » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:40 am

Not sure this is the right place, but it includes the Pattaya bike show:
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Senior WA bikie Kevin Lawrence stuck in Thailand after visa cancellation

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/senior-w ... b88746157z

A senior WA bikie has been locked out of Australia after Federal authorities cancelled his residency visa while he was holidaying in Thailand, preventing him for returning home to his family.

Rebels member Kevin Michael Lawrence, 56, came to Australia from Britain as a child in the 1960s and has several children who were born in WA and are Australian citizens by birth.

But Mr Lawrence never applied to become a citizen, enabling authorities to slam the gates shut on him as he left the country last week to attend a motorcycle show in the Thai resort town of Pattaya.

Mr Lawrence claims he was given no notice of the decision and it was only when he tried to board his flight back to Perth this week that he was told his visa was no longer valid and that he could not travel.

He has engaged an immigration lawyer and intends to lodge an appeal against the visa cancellation. Mr Lawrence was one of several senior Rebels who flew to Bangkok on February 8.

Some were allowed to enter the country, but the gang’s State president, Nick Martin, and its vice president Mark Rodgers were stopped at the arrival gates.

The pair were detained in airport’s cells for 24 hours before being put on the next available flight back to Perth.

A spokesman for the gang yesterday claimed Mr Martin and Mr Rodgers were shown paperwork by Thai immigration officials which appeared to have been sent to them by the Australian Federal Police while the men’s plane had been in the air between Perth and Bangkok.

The paperwork contained details of their roles in the gang and also their criminal records.

The decision to deny them entry is a sign that Thailand is losing patience with the growing influence of Australian gangs, some of which have been linked to serious crime on Thai soil.

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Good! These a****oles are seem to think that they are above the law at home, so they think they can do the same here.
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Re: WA bikie stuck in Thailand

Post by RCer » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:44 am

Excellent

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Re: Australian biker stuck in Thailand

Post by Homer » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:34 pm

If I understand this, Australia issued a visa so he could return. But they had no intention of letting him return. The visa saved them the trouble of deporting him.

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Re: Australian biker stuck in Thailand

Post by laphanphon » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:11 pm

Outstanding .... :cheers:

Bummer for you Brits in the UK......guess y'all going to get stuck with him.
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Post by caller » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:09 pm

Australia isn't the force Country to employ this tactic and the UK has done the same, notably Syrian Islamist Omar Bakri Muhammad, who left the UK for a trip to the Lebanon and was banned from returning and to the UK and never has. He's currently imprisoned by the Lebanese authorities. :D
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Re: Australian biker stuck in Thailand

Post by Bluesky » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:19 pm

Homer wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:34 pm
If I understand this, Australia issued a visa so he could return. But they had no intention of letting him return. The visa saved them the trouble of deporting him.
Under section 128 of the Australian Migration Act a Permanant residence visa can be cancelled without service of a ' notice of intent to cancel' to the holder of the visa if he/she is out of Australia at the time. Likewise their are very limited rights (if any) for appeal against a decision handed down through The Department of Immigration and Border Protection when the visa holder is offshore.
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