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Djokovic has not been deported from Australia

15 Th1 2022 | 04:48

Novak Djokovic has received an urgent order to prevent the government from deporting after the decision to cancel the visa of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on January 14.

In a hastily scheduled hearing on the night of January 14, judge Anthony Kelly stated that the inter-group government did not take any steps to expel Djokovic from Australia, before his appeal was resolved. .

Djokovic was also not detained until he attended the presentation with the Australian Border Force (ABF) at 4am on January 15 (Hanoi time). After this meeting, Djokovic will be allowed to go to the lawyer’s office, escorted by two ABF officials, when the hearing is scheduled to take place at 8:15 on January 15 (Hanoi time).

Judge Kelly said the case was referred to federal court, to be heard by Attorney General David O’Callaghan.

Waiting for Djokovic's fate before the start of the Australian Open. Photo: Reuters.

Waiting for Djokovic’s fate before the start of the Australian Open. Photo: Reuters.

A report from The Age said that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decided to cancel Djokovic’s visa because his presence in Australia raised concerns about the fight against Covid-19 and disregarded the rules of disease prevention. .

“Given Djokovic’s status as a role model in the sporting community and the wider community, his continued presence in Australia could prompt a disregard for claims to post-harvest precautions. tested positive for Covid-19,” Hawke wrote.

“Your behavior may encourage or influence others to imitate or not comply with the measures. This can lead to the transmission of disease and serious risk to their health and that of others. is different”.

This week, Djokovic admitted to going out in public and attending an interview with French publication L’Equipe after testing positive for Covid in Serbia. Mr. Hawke cited that behavior to bolster his argument.

The argument ABF officials used in canceling Djokovic’s visa for the first time was that his most recent Covid-19 infection in December was not enough to grant him an exemption, as every visitor to Australia must be vaccinated.

On the evening of January 14, Djokovic’s lawyer Nick Wood said during the trial that the concerns of government officials were unfounded, arguing that it was wrong to “deport a person of good character” from Australia.

Meanwhile, Igor Cetojevic, the doctor widely believed to have helped Djokovic reach the top of tennis, criticized Australia for canceling the second visa of the world number one tennis player. “It makes no sense that someone with superhuman health like Djokovic should be a threat to public health,” Cetojevic said.

If Djokovic wins the federal court case, he will be able to attend the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.