Novak Djokovic again faces potential deportation after the Australian government revoked his visa for the second time on Friday, and on Saturday morning (Australia time) he was detained by Australian authorities, in the latest twist in a saga . , first in the world ranking, in that country’s Open, despite not having been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced yesterday that he used his ministerial power to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa for reasons of public interest, three days before the start of the tournament, where Djokovic won one of his 20 Grand Slam tournaments. Nine live.
“Today I exercised my power to revoke Mr. Novak Djokovic’s visa because of health and good order, on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said in a statement. Information provided by parts.
He also said that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government is “strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In turn, Morrison was pleased with the decision, saying Australia had one of the lowest death rates from the virus, one of the strongest economies, and the highest vaccination rate in the world during the pandemic.
“This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for all Australians, but we have stood together and saved lives and jobs … Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic and they appreciate the results of those sacrifices.” Hope to protect. That’s why the minister has taken this step today.”
The tennis player’s lawyers called the decision “clearly irrational” and said they would appeal against it.
The proposal generated an immediate reaction from the President of Serbia,
Alexander Wukic, who this Friday criticized the Australian prime minister, said officials in that country “misbehaved” the tennis star, who canceled his visa for the second time and could be deported.
“Why are they misbehaving with her, why are they attacking not only her but her family and the entire country? If they want to stop Novak Djokovic from winning his 10th trophy in Melbourne, why not kick him out immediately? Why didn’t they tell him that it is impossible to get a visa for his country. Nowak, we are with you!” the president wrote on his social network.
Wukic had already shown his support for the tennis player early in the case, calling Djokovic’s earlier retention a “political witch hunt”.
At press time, media reported that on Saturday morning, Djokovic was transferred to a hotel that serves as an immigration detention center in Melbourne, following a meeting with immigration officials, who were at a site where which was not made public to avoid the “media circus”. ,
At an emergency meeting, shortly after the decision to withdraw his visa was announced, Judge Anthony Kelly ruled that Djokovic could not be deported while appeal proceedings were open, and informed that the matter was in the Federal Court of Australia. will be transferred. A great example.
The Serbian saw his entry visa in Australia canceled for the first time on 5 January, after which he was released into a holding centre. His lawyers appealed and managed to get a judge to order his release on January 10. But the Australian immigration minister decided to revoke the visa again for “health and public order” reasons.
Djokovic has admitted to incorrectly filling out his Australian entry declaration and failing to respect isolation rules in Serbia after testing positive for COVID-19 in December. The tennis player hoped last month’s infection would give her a vaccination exemption to play the Australian Open.