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New Zealand grants Mike Tyson visa

Updated: October 2, 2012, 2:29 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Immigration officials have decided to award former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson a visa to enter New Zealand despite his criminal convictions.

Tyson is due to visit New Zealand on a speaking tour this month. He was sentenced in 1992 to six years in prison after being convicted of rape. A serious criminal conviction would usually lead to the refusal of a visa, but Prime Minister John Key said immigration officials can exercise discretion in individual cases.

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