A former bikie boss has chosen to leave Australia rather than risk deportation.
Italian-born Vince Focarelli, who calls Adelaide home, told 9 News he feared he would end up in a detention centre if he does not leave Australia on his own accord.
The former Comancheros leader turned devout Muslim was told in February the Federal Government wanted to cancel his visa because of his criminal past, The Advertiser reported.
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Former bikie boss Vince Focarelli is planning to leave Australia rather than risk deportation
Focarelli spent several years as a bikie member and survived six attempts on his life
‘They have the law, the legislation to abide by but if I stick around and wait for them, chances are I’ll be held in a detention centre,’ Focarelli told 9 News.
‘I and everyone else both know that the underworld and the criminal element of my life back then is finished.
‘I have nothing to sort out and there is nothing to sort out with me.’
Focarelli spent several years as a bikie member and survived six attempts on his life.
He is planning to head back to his native Italy while his visa issue is sorted.
‘Once I settle down, wherever it may be, my wife and her daughter will come along,’ Focarelli said.
Focarelli and his wife closed their Adelaide halal restaurant La’Fig Cucina on Sunday
He held a farewell party for friends, family and supporters on Sunday – the same day he shut his inner-city halal restaurant La’Fig Cucina, which is now on the market.
‘This farewell party means that I’m going, that’s the bottom line,’ Focarelli said.
Focarelli was given 28 days to justify why his visa should not be rejected.
He said he was hopeful his visa situation would be fixed while he spent time out of the country.
‘My lawyers are still working around the clock,’ the former bikie said.
Immigration minister Peter Dutton will have the final say on whether Focarelli can still keep his Australian visa.