Farrokh Sekaleshfar, a Muslim cleric who has previously suggested the death sentence for gay people, has left Australia after a public outcry at his entry into the country for a speaking tour.
British-born Sekaleshfar boarded a flight at Sydney Airport on Tuesday night after it emerged his visa was under review, according to the ABC.
His Sydney tour came under fire in the wake of the Orlando massacre at a gay nightclub after a video emerged of the Muslim leader preaching death as a compassionate sentence for homosexuals.
Sekaleshfar was in Australia as the guest speaker of a Sydney’s Imam Husian Islamic Centre for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Sekaleshfar told the newspaper his comments on homosexuals during a 2013 lecture at the University of Michigan had been taken out of the “academic and theoretical” context they were given in.
During his lecture at Michigan, it is alleged that Sekaleshfar said “death is the sentence” when asked about homosexuality, adding: “Out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”