WA bikie Kevin Lawrence stuck in Thailand after visa cancellation
what a bunch of cnts this government is..
Grant Taylor | The West Australian
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
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flight back to Perth this week that he was told his visa was no
longer valid and that he could not travel.
It is not the first time the lock-out
tactic has been used against overseas-born bikies whose membership
of motorcycle gangs is deemed by the Federal Government to be
sufficient reason to cancel their visa on “character” grounds.
The Rebels national president Alex
Vella was one of the first to be targeted, losing his visa after
flying to Malta for a holiday in 2014.
Speaking from Thailand, Mr Lawrence
told The Weekend West he has three
children aged under 12 who live with him and his partner in Bertram.
He also said he had a mortgage to
pay, had always worked for a living and had only a limited criminal
record for minor offences committed years ago.
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
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
Indonesia has also started to deny access
to bikies, blocking two senior Finks members from entering Bali late
last year after Australian authorities tipped them off about their
A spokesman for the Australian Border
Force said in a written statement that the department worked closely
with the AFP and WA Police to disrupt the activities of serious
organised crime groups operating in Western Australia.
“There are provisions under the Migration
Act 1958 that allow the Department of Home Affairs to cancel visas upon
a range of grounds,” the spokesman said.
“If a foreign national’s visa is
cancelled while they are offshore, then the cancellation will occur
without any notice.”