Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic was placed under administrative detention Saturday after Australia revoked his entry visa to its territory for the second time because he had not received a vaccine against Covid-19.
Waiting for a court decision in this case.
The Australian authorities said that the presence of Djokovic, who has not received a vaccination against Covid-19, on its soil, “could encourage anti-vaccination sentiment”, considering that he should be expelled from the country.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement that 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 determined to protect Australias borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The decision means preventing Djokovic from obtaining an entry visa to Australia for a period of 3 years, except in exceptional circumstances.
The Prime Minister later considered in a statement that the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa came within the framework of protecting the “sacrifices” of the Australian people.
The famous Australian lawyer Christopher Livingstone considered that the Serbian star camp can apply to the Federal Court, saying: “Djokovic has a competent team around him. He can stay and fight or leave.”
Hours after the decision, the judge, who had previously ruled not to extradite Djokovic from Australia, called an emergency hearing.
During the hearing, the representative of the Australian government announced that his country had postponed the deportation of Djokovic until the completion of consideration of this case. On the other hand, Djokovic’s lawyer confirmed that the government will detain his client on Saturday after the immigration authorities hear him.
At the end of the hearing, Victoria state judge Anthony Kelly announced that he had abandoned the case, which would go to the Australian Federal Court, despite the objection of Djokovic’s lawyers, who feared the slowness of the proceedings.
Djokovic, the world’s number one, was Yemeni, winning the Australian Championship for the tenth time in his career and setting the record for the number of major titles in the Grand Slam tournaments (21), but his quest is under threat.