Novak Djokovic has delayed his deportation…for now. The Australian justice has given its approval to the pact between the Serb and the immigration ministry so that the number one in the world is not arrested this Friday. In exchange, he will have to go to declare at the Ministry of Immigration at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday in Australia (10:00 p.m. Spanish time this Friday). At that point, the Australian government plans to detain him until he is due in court on Sunday.
This was confirmed Stephen Lloyd, minister’s lawyer Alex Hawke, who assured that they will not deport the Balkan from the country nor will they arrest him tonight (in Australia). The Serbian may be in contact and will have to appear to testify before Immigration. It will be at that time when the Australian authorities plan to retain him in the offices of his lawyer.
Djokovic manages to buy some time to be able to play the Australian Open that starts on Monday. It is not yet known if he would debut on Monday or Tuesday. Meanwhile his lawyer, Nicholas Wood, has asked the court for a precautionary measure to block his deportation and asked that he not be detained during the process. But the established agreement will be valid only for this Friday since on Saturday he will be detained after his interview at Immigration.
In addition, he had requested that the case be kept in Federal Circuit Court to avoid wasted time transferring it to Federal Court. Although said request has not been admitted since the judge Anthony Kelly has decided to pass the case to federal court. “We are very concerned about timing,” Wood told the judge, with three days to go before the Australian Open begins.
Djokovic will be detained in a hidden place
The representative of the Australian government has revealed that Djokovic He will be detained this Saturday after the immigration interview. Then he will go to the offices of his lawyers where he will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Australia (from 0:00 to 04:00 Spanish time). What is still unknown is how and where the arrest will take place. Novak’s lawyer has requested that he be detained in an unknown location that the parties had discussed.
Judge Kelly has ordered the parties to agree on the terms of detention. “You can’t ask me to negotiate this,” he said. Once the Serb is taken to the place where the immigrants are detained. At 9 a.m. on Sunday (11 p.m. on Saturday in Spain) you will be taken back to the offices of your lawyers for the hearing at the federal court.