Australian border officials have arrested Novak Djokovic in line with an arrangement agreed in court as the world’s number one tennis player fights to stay in the country.
Immigration officials had his visa revoked twice by Djokovic ahead of the Australian Open because he had not been vaccinated against Covid-19, and Immigration Minister Alex Hawke saw his application rejected again on Friday.
The 34-year-old Serb is accused of providing false information on his visa permit, and claiming that he had not traveled in the 14 days before arriving in Australia.
Djokovic’s lawyers have appealed the decision and his case will be heard before Judge O’Callaghan in the Australian Federal Court at 9:30 AM AEST on Sunday.
“Today I exercised my power under Section 133c(3) of the Immigration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr. Novak Djokovic on grounds of health and order, on the understanding that it is in the public interest to do so,” Mr. Hook said in a statement earlier on Friday.
“In making this decision, I have carefully considered the information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force (ABF) and Mr Djokovic. The Morrison Government is deeply committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
A 15-minute procedural hearing was held on Saturday morning (AEDT) to confirm Djokovic’s transfer to immigration custody.
Judge O’Callaghan ruled that the immigration minister must submit and submit any amended application by midday Saturday, and that Djokovic must submit his written subpoena at the same time.
Djokovic’s lawyers have requested that the appeal be heard before a full court of three judges, while the Australian government has requested that it be heard before only one judge in order to maintain the appeal in the case.
Immigration officials interviewed Djokovic on Saturday morning, but he was allowed to spend Friday night at his private residence in Melbourne despite his visa being revoked. Australian.
After the interview, he was allowed to see his lawyer and is expected to spend Saturday night in a pre-immigration detention center while his case awaits hearing, according to reports.
The Australian government has agreed not to deport Djokovic until his case is discussed, but if he loses his appeal, he could be removed from the country.
Djokovic tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in 20 slams, and whoever wins the following title claims the record in men’s tennis.
Meanwhile, Serbian health officials insisted that Djokovic received the results of a positive PCR test on December 15 via email, despite his claims he did not receive them until a day later.
Djokovic helped in a January 12 statement that he only got the results after attending an even unconvincing tennis match, where he met children.
Judge David O’Callaghan told the tennis star’s lawyer that the appeal hearing will be heard at 9:30am AEST on Sunday, a day before the Australian Open kicks off in Melbourne.