Snoop Dogg Denied Entry into Australia
Snoop encountered similar problems last month when he was refused a visa to enter the UK. Attempts to reverse the decision were unsuccessful and led to the cancellation of the rapper's UK tour with Diddy. He will now miss this weekend's MTV Australian Video Music awards, which he was due to co-host, as a result of not being able to enter the country.
"The reality is...he was given a warning the last time, he has a whole string of convictions, and, just two weeks ago I was told he was convicted on a number of charges again and sentenced to three years' imprisonment on two, and three years' imprisonment on another, with five years' probation and a suspended sentence," said Australian Prime Minister Kevin Andrews, confirming Snoop's denial into the country, on a Sydney radio station this morning.
A spokeswoman for Andrews said the rapper/actor had already received warning when he last visited the country in February, with the Department of Immigration cautioning him that if he was convicted of anything else, he could jeopardize future trips to Australia.
She added, "Since that time he has been convicted of drug and firearm offenses, which has effectively caused the minister to be particularly reluctant to provide a visa for him."
Snoop recently escaped a jail term after pleading no contest to charges of sale or transportation of marijuana and possession of a gun, he already has a 1990 felony conviction for possession of drugs for sale, he was charged with possession of a deadly weapon after he was caught carrying a collapsible baton through airport security, last November, and he was arrested in Stockholm for suspected narcotics use, last March.