A New Zealand national and member of the Fink’s Motorcycle Club has been denied entry into Indonesia and given the flick by Australian immigration.
Jessie Johnston alleged member of the Fink’s was turned away from Bali and Sydney airports within twenty four hours of his arrival in Indonesia.
Johnston a heavily tattooed former kick boxer had been living on Sydney’s central coast for three years after emigrating from New Zealand.
The alleged ‘Sergeant at Arms’ of the Fink’s Newcastle Chapter was sent back home to New Zealand after Immigration officials decided he wasn’t welcome to return to Australia from Indonesia.
When Mr Johnston was questioned at Sydney airport by immigration officers it is believed he denied any affiliation with the Finks. However, when authorities searched his bags they found a number clothing items emblazoned with the clubs logo.
Perhaps in response to reports about the denial he has since put a post on social media that reads, ‘Love to all my Fink Brothers worldwide.
Indonesian authorities seem to be working in conjunction with Australian authorities when it comes to the motorcycle gang. Two other high profile members of the Finks have been denied entry into Bali and sent back to Australia recently.
There is speculation that the club had organised a get-together in Bali to thwart Australia’s tough anti-gang laws. And that Australian authorities responded by informing Indonesian Immigration of individual gang member arrivals.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has issued a statement saying that they remain committed to protecting the Australian community from those involved in serious and significant criminal activity, including outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Provisions under the Migration Act 1958 allow for visa cancellation on a number of grounds. These include non-compliance with visa conditions and if the visa holder is considered to be a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community.
The pertinent question seems to be however, that unless there is an imminent terrorist threat to the countries involved. Do Australian law enforcement officers have the legal right to share information with Indonesian immigration officials about New Zealand nationals?