Kiwi pastor to be deported from Australia for public nuisance
A Kiwi Baptist church pastor charged with public nuisance offences after allegedly confronting Muslims at two Brisbane mosques in Australia this week, has had his visa cancelled.
Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton reviewed the case and on Friday night the decision was made to cancel 31-year-old Logan Robertson’s visa and send him back to New Zealand.
Dutton said the New Zealand national was taken into custody on Friday evening and has been placed in immigration detention.
“My message is clear- if people come to this country they need to abide by the conditions of their visas,” Dutton told reporters on Saturday.
“We have a wonderful tradition in our country of freedom of speech, but we’re not going to tolerate people going to a place of worship and harassing others.”
It will be alleged four men disrupted proceedings inside the Kuraby Mosque about 12.30pm on Wednesday and the same men caused a disturbance at the Darra Mosque about midday on Thursday.
The church is not affiliated with the Queensland Baptists or Australian Baptist Ministries.
Dutton said Robertson was specifically counselled by immigration authorities when he moved to Australia about his history of extremist rhetoric.
Police said officers pulled over a car near the Darra Mosque on Thursday, seizing cameras and phones from the men, who the Islamic Council of Queensland said claimed to be with the media.
Robertson, a 29-year-old Redbank man and a 28-year-old Sunnybank man were charged with two counts of public nuisance and one count of entering premises with intent and trespass. They were bailed to reappear in the Holland Park Magistrates Court on July 25.
A fourth man allegedly involved in the disturbances was assisting detectives with their inquiries and has not been charged at this stage.
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