Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Jeffrey Archer needs special waiver to visit New Zealand
Disgraced former British politician Jeffrey Archer may be prevented from coming to New Zealand on his world book promotion tour because of his criminal record.
The bestselling author's publisher was adamant that Lord Archer would be allowed to come, but the Immigration Service won't say whether it will let him in.
He is scheduled to visit New Zealand next month to rpomote his new book, Only Time Will Tell, and is being promoted as a keynote speaker at a Cure Kids charity dinner to be held in Wellington on March 16.
The Immigration Act bars the entry of anyone who has been convicted and sentenced to more than 12 months in prison within the previous 10 years. Lord Archer was convicted and sentenced to four years' imprisonment in 2001 on charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice.
A waiver can be granted, but the Immigration Service was unwilling to say whether that would happen.
More at stuff.co.nz