A 60-year-old Hong Kong man who failed to state his prior conviction while applying for a visa was denied entry into Australia following the discovery of the previous jail term by authorities.
On Monday, 8 April, Australian Border Force (ABF) revealed that the man reached Perth Airport on Saturday via an aircraft from Hong Kong. The border authorities said though he stated he had previous criminal convictions, he failed to give a full account of his crime as well as the nature of the crime.
According to investigations done by ABF, the man was convicted in his home country in 2012 having been found guilty of nine charges including sexual assault of a teenage girl as well as making and possession of child pornography. He was thereafter given 12 years and four months jail term.
Visa Conditions Breached
According to the ABF, the man was interviewed, and his criminal history was confirmed. He was then sent to the Perth Immigration Detention Centre following the cancellation of his visa and was returned to his country on Sunday night.
ABF's regional commander for Western Australia, Rod O’Donnell, said Australia's refusal to allow the Hong Kong man entry into his borders is as a result of breaching of his visa conditions on the basis that he has been given more than 12 months jail term.
The regional commander emphasized that officials of the agency play a key role in ensuring noncitizens are properly screened in order to ensure threats to the country are removed from the border, particularly crimes related to minors.
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