Novak Djokovic visa saga: Tennis star be detained after Immigration Minister cancels visa

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is ready to be detained by Border Force officers this morning after final night time’s rapidly organised court docket listening to.

Novak Djokovic has sought and obtained an pressing injunction to forestall the government from deporting him following Friday’s resolution by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to cancel his visa.

During a rapidly scheduled late-night listening to within the Federal Circuit Court on Friday, Judge Anthony Kelly ordered that the federal government not take any steps to take away Djokovic from Australia earlier than the tennis star’s attraction is resolved.

Djokovic additionally can’t be detained till after he attends an interview with federal officers at 8am on Saturday morning.

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Following that assembly, Djokovic will be allowed to go to the places of work of his legal professionals to debate his case, escorted by two Border Force officers, earlier than being taken into detention.

And he can return to these places of work on Sunday, when a closing listening to on the matter is predicted to happen.

Judge Kelly additionally mentioned the case could be transferred to the Federal Court of Australia, which has since scheduled a listening to earlier than Justice David O’Callaghan at 10:15am AEDT.

Djokovic physician slams Australia

The physician extensively credited with serving to Novak Djokovic to achieve the top of tennis has criticised Australia for twice cancelling the Serbian star’s visa and detaining him over Covid technicalities, saying he’s “super healthy”.

“It’s absurd that somebody who has optimal health is a threat to the health of the public,” Dr Igor Cetojevic, a Bosnian-born Serb who lives in Cyprus, informed AFP.

Djokovic, an avowed Covid-19 vaccine sceptic, is the Australian Open’s top seed and had been practising on the Melbourne Park courts simply hours earlier than Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s bombshell resolution was introduced.

Cetojevic, who spent a 12 months on tour with Djokovic till 2011, when he gained Wimbledon for the primary time and have become world primary, mentioned the unvaccinated Serb was being handled unfairly.

“How can a super healthy guy be a threat for the Australian Open,” the 60-year-old physician mentioned, laughing out loud.

“It’s all politics, it starts with politics, not anything else.”

Djokovic ‘mistreated’ by Australia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has accused Australia of “mistreating” Novak Djokovic after authorities revoked his visa for a second time.

“Why are you mistreating him, why are you taking it out not only on him but also on his family and the whole nation,” Mr Vucic wrote on social media.

“If you wanted to ban Novak Djokovic from winning the 10th trophy in Melbourne why didn’t you return him immediately, why didn’t you tell him ‘it is impossible to obtain a visa’?

“Novak, we stand by you!”

‘Not a good situation’: Murray lastly snaps

Former world primary Andy Murray reached his first closing since 2019 on Friday in a large increase to his confidence forward of the Australian Open.

The 34-year-old three-time main winner, who underwent career-saving hip surgical procedure, has now strung collectively 4 wins in a row for the primary time since being topped champion at Antwerp practically three years in the past.

But the Scot was left pissed off by quite a lot of questions in his post-match press convention on the subject of rival Novak Djokovic and the government’s resolution to cancel his visa.

Murray – who twice addressed the Djokovic saga in press conferences this week – was left headbutting his microphone and will hardly communicate by way of a collection of deep sighs as he once more was requested in regards to the latest updates.

Murray mentioned: “It’s not a good situation. I’m not gonna sit here and start kicking Novak whilst he’s down. I said it the other day, it’s not a good situation for anyone. It’s unfortunate that it’s ended up in this sort of situation.”

“Just want it obviously to get resolved, I think it would be good for everyone if that was the case. It just seems like it’s dragged on for quite a long time now,” Murray added.

“Not great for tennis, not great for the Australian Open, not great for Novak. And obviously a lot of people have criticised the government here as well. So it’s not been good.”

PM backs Hawke’s resolution

Prime Minister Scott Morrison shared an announcement on Friday night: “I note the Minister for Immigration’s decision in relation to Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa.

“I understand that following careful consideration, action has been taken by the Minister to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa held on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.

“This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.

“Together we have achieved one of the lowest death rates, strongest economies and highest vaccination rates, in the world.

“Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected.

“This is what the Minister is doing in taking this action today.

“Our strong border protection policies have kept Australians safe, prior to Covid and now during the pandemic.

“Due to the expected ongoing legal proceedings, I will be not be providing any further comment.”

– with AFP, Andrew McMurtry and Sam Clench

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