Sydney, Australia : The Turnbull government is urgently reviewing the visa of an anti-gay Islamic preacher who preachify in Orlando ahead of the Pulse Nightclub massacre and is now visiting Australia.
“Guys should be executed” , has reportedly said in online videos by Farrokh Sekaleshfar , a British Shiite cleric. He gave sermons in Orlando, Florida, in March and arrived last Tuesday in Australia, where he has been giving lectures.
Decision would be made about the preacher’s visa soon said by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Zero tolerance for people who come to Australia to preach hatred,”he told reporters in Perth.
"This is a legal matter and has to be dealt with in the appropriate way but his visa is being reviewed."
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, also in Perth, demanded the government examine "quick-smart" how Mr Sekaleshfar got a visa and whether he should be stripped of it.
"I don't know how on Earth that fellow got a visa. Let's just call it straight. We've got a character test with our visas . . . The government needs to get on to it, quick-smart, and this person, in my view, is not welcome in Australia holding those abhorrent views."
The issue has flared up in the wake of the shooting death of 49 revellers at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando this week. Some 53 people were also wounded.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed his department was conducting a review, insisting: "We are not going to have people who are preaching hate in our country.
"We are not going to tolerate the presence of people who are committing serious crimes against Australian people," Mr Dutton said in Townsville.
"I've cancelled a number of visas over the course of the last 12 months and I'm reviewing this particular case."