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Government backs immigration rules over Mike Tyson ban

The government has defended immigration rules after it emerged former boxing champion Mike Tyson was banned from entering the UK because he served a jail sentence for rape.

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Tyson ban 'mandatory' under new UK immigration laws

Mike Tyson was sentenced in 1992 to six years in prison as well as a following four years on probation. Credit: PA

The ban on former boxer Mike Tyson from entering the UK is "mandatory" because of the length of his jail sentence for rape.

Under tougher immigration rules introduced in December 2012, there is "a mandatory refusal where a person has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to at least four years' imprisonment, at any point in the past."

Although Tyson only served three years in prison for the crime, he was sentenced to six years.

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