Troy Newman, leader of the extremist anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, was detained while trying to illegally enter Australia after the country had revoked his visa.

Newman was instrumental in releasing the falsified Planned Parenthood videos that Republicans say prove that the agency harvests and sells fetal tissue and profits from it. Newman has such a volatile past that the Australian government denied his passport request last month. However, Newman still boarded a plane in Los Angeles and flew to Melbourne where he was detained.

“Since Mr. Newman-Mariotti does not hold a visa, he is unable to enter Australia and remains in the presence of ABF (Australian Border Force) officials at the Melbourne Airport pending his removal,” said a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Newman contends that his detainment is “based on a pile of lies, including the idea that I promote violence.”

Newman’s call for the use of “guerrilla warfare” has inspired extreme right-wing attacks against abortion providers, and Newman’s group has posted personal information of abortion providers on its website.

ABC Australia published the following video highlighting more details of Newman’s detainment.

For more on this story, visit Addicting Info “Extremist Behind Bogus Planned Parenthood Videos Arrested Trying To Sneak Into Australia (VIDEO).”

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced