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New Zealand, Wednesday, September 15, 2004

David Irving not allowed to board NZ-bound flight - Immigration

Controversial historian David Irving is almost certain to be stopped from getting on an aircraft heading for New Zealand from America later this week.

The holocaust denier has said he was determined to visit New Zealand this week to speak to the National Press Club despite a Government ban.

He said earlier today he would get on a plane in Los Angeles on Thursday [September 16].

But Irving's name has been on an Immigration Services computer alert for several weeks since the Government said he would not be allowed into the country, after being banned from Canada 13 years ago.

The Immigration Service said today his name was on the Advanced Passenger Screening System to which all the world's airlines subscribed, including Qantas on which Irving is believed to have booked a flight.

Immigration Service spokeswoman, Michelle Williams (right) said airlines were aware that a banned person would not be allowed to land and would have to be returned at the airline's cost.

"There will be an alert against his name and they will prevent him from boarding.

"It is put on by us. It is a computer system which is used throughout the world," Ms Williams said.

It was "very unlikely" Qantas would allow Mr Irving to board the aircraft in Los Angeles.

"It doesn't matter where he tries to get on. If he is trying to get to New Zealand the alert stands so he won't be able to enter," Ms Williams said.

Mr Irving said he would check into the Qantas desk in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (American time).

He accused Prime Minister Helen Clark and deputy prime minister Michael Cullen (left) of being determined to kill free speech in New Zealand by saying he should stay away.

"By the time this case comes up in the New Zealand courts a year will have passed and they will be in the middle of an election battle.

"And I hope the New Zealand electorate remembers which government stamped on free speech," Mr Irving told National Radio from Denver, Colorado, where he is to speak at a university.

"Why can the Americans hear me, American university students hear me. . . and yet your prime minister prevents New Zealanders from hearing me?

"What's going on there? Do you have free speech or not in your country? Do you have a Bill of Rights or not? Section 13, section 14 of the Bill of Rights, I recommend your Prime Minister has a look at them one day."

He said he would be seeking other legal avenues rather than seeking ministerial permission to enter New Zealand.

Auckland immigration lawyer Colin Amery, who is acting for Mr Irving, wrote to Prime Minister Helen Clark (right) today in an attempt to get Mr Irving into the country.

Mr Amery declined to say on what grounds he was basing his appeal to the Prime Minister.

He also said other legal options would be considered.

"I can't say any more than that and I will consult with him (Irving) today."

Mr Amery claimed the Advanced Passenger Screening System was installed as a result of the Ahmed Zaoui case.

Mr Zaoui, an Algerian asylum-seeker, has been held in an Auckland prison since December, 2002, amid fears he was a threat to national security.

"That system was brought in because of the Zaoui case to stop people getting on planes who were allegedly terrorists.

"Now it is being used to stop people getting on planes whose opinions this Government doesn't like," Mr Amery said.

He earlier told National Radio Mr Irving was challenging the validity of the Canadian ban on him.

"Miss Clark has pre-empted and waived his right to come here by her statement."

Mr Amery said he was not an advocate of Mr Irving's holocaust claims.

"But I am an advocate in relation to free speech and I am afraid he has a point."




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