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Rebels bikie boss Alex Vella to fight for review of cancelled visa

Alex Vella will need more than Rebel power to bring him home.

Alex Vella will need more than Rebel power to bring him home.

NINETEEN days after being left stranded while on holidays in Malta, the Rebels bikie gang’s national president has launched his fight to return to Australia.

The solicitor for Alex Vella lodged paperwork before the deadline, calling for a review of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to cancel his visa.


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The visa was cancelled on June 13 under “character provisions” of the Migration Act.

In his application, 60-year-old Vella – known as the Maltese Falcon – outlined reasons why he should be given permission to return.

He argued that he had lived in Australia since 1967, had nine siblings, nine grandchildren, a mother and had only ever been convicted on “minor’ offences”.

Vella’s son Alex said it was time for Mr Morrison to “make public the reasons for his decision”.

“We want to know exactly what information the Minister used to claim that Dad failed the character test,’’ Alex Vella Jnr said. “We haven’t been told anything’.

This is not the first time steps have been taken to stop the Rebels boss from re-entering Australia.

He encountered problems in 2007 after flying to Tokyo to watch a fight involving his other son, Adam.

While in Japan, police reportedly prepared a case for the Immigration Department to refuse the multi-millionaire a new visa to return to Australia.

He was eventually allowed to return after a $30,000 legal fight.

“We’re just trying to keep his spirits up,’’ said Alex Vella Junior.

“He has no family in Malta, but luckily has been able to stay with some friends.”


Originally published as Bikie boss in fight for cancelled visa