Row over Mike Tysons Scotland visit

May 26th, 2008 - 10:55 pm ICT by admin  

London , May 26 (ANI): News of Mike Tysons impending visit to Scotland has created a huge row amongst his protestors.

The former boxer, a convicted rapist, will soon be seen at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow for An Evening with Mike Tyson on May 31.

The one time world-champions attending the event was claimed to be in “bad taste” by the communities minister, Stewart Maxwell, who also demanded Holyrood to be given control of visa issues.

However, Barry Hughes, the event’s promoter, said that the boxing ace has already served a jail sentence for his crime and should not be subjected to further punishment.

In 2000, Tyson had visited Scotland for a fight and fuelled street protests from a number of organisations.

“The SNP and women’s groups were highly critical of Mike Tyson being able to stage his fight in Glasgow in 2000, given his conviction for rape, and this latest event is in similarly bad taste,” Scotsman quoted Maxwell, as saying.

The same view was also backed by Lily Greenan, the manager of Scottish Women’s Aid.

She said: “We strongly disagree with the move for this event to go ahead and for this convicted rapist to be allowed into Scotland .”

Mr Hughes said: “Mike Tyson has served his time in prison. How can they expect him to be punished more than once for something he had already been found guilty of? I would like people to remember Mike Tyson for the good times in his career.” (ANI)

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