Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic was taken into administrative detention today after Australia canceled his entry visa for the second time due to his failure to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, in the awaiting a court decision in this case.
Australian authorities have said the presence of Djokovic, who has not received a Covid-19 vaccination, on its soil “could encourage anti-vaccination sentiment”, arguing that he should be kicked out of the country.
In a statement, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said he had taken the decision to cancel the entry visa “for reasons of health and order”, noting that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government was “strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in relation to COVID.” -19 pandemic.”
The decision means that Djokovic is barred from obtaining an entry visa to Australia for a period of 3 years, barring exceptional circumstances. The Prime Minister then said in a statement that the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa was part of the protection of the “sacrifices” of the Australian people. “Australians have made so many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expected those sacrifices to be protected,” he said.
Renowned Australian lawyer Christopher Livingstone said the Serbian star side could go to Federal Court, saying “Djokovic has a capable team around him. He can stay and fight or go.”
Hours after the decision, the judge, who had previously decided not to extradite Djokovic from Australia, called for an emergency hearing. “A hearing before Federal Court Judge Anthony Kelly will take place this evening,” a court spokesperson said in a statement, without further details.
During the hearing, the representative of the Australian government announced that his country had postponed the deportation of Djokovic until the end of the examination of this case. On the other hand, Djokovic’s lawyer confirmed that the government will detain his client today after the immigration authorities have heard from him.
At the end of the hearing, Victorian judge Anthony Kelly announced that he had dropped the case, which would go to the Australian Federal Court, despite the objection of Djokovic’s lawyers, who feared the slowness of the procedure.
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