Djokovic is arrested and his defense begins a race against time to avoid deportation

Novak Djokovic has been arrested by the Australian Government after the Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke, withdraw his visa for the second time to stay in the country. As judge Anthony Kelly ruled, the Serbian tennis player has been brought to testify for the irregularities regarding his entry into Australia for the Open dispute, his fetish competition, and, immediately afterwards, an arrest agreed between both parties has been carried out to avoid “a media circus”, according to CNN confirmed. Djokovic himself admitted days ago “human errors” in the documentation presented to the Australian authorities. The number 1 in the world will be able to meet with his lawyers to determine the legal strategy that they will carry out in this race against time.

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The Serb remains under the supervision of two Australian Border Force officers. As agreed with the defense, the arrest has been carried out discreetly and at a point unknown to the media and public opinion. Everything will be decided on Sunday, since the final decision will be made by the Federal Court of Australia in a hearing. Djokovic’s lawyers try to limit the interventions of this second and final court date to a maximum of one hour. Something that has not been granted to them at the moment.

The defense of the number 1 in the world seeks to lighten the situation with the idea of ​​getting Djokovic to play the start of the Australian Open, a tournament that will take place between January 17 and 30 in the city of Melbourne. The Serbian is still confident of being able to play a competition of which he is the current champion, although the legal procedures and the intention of the Australian government do not invite optimism for the athlete.

His lawyers managed to stop the immediate deportation

“I have exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Immigration Act to cancel the visa of Mr. Novak Djokovic based on health and law enforcement reasons as being in the public interest”, with this statement, the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke moved tab in a case that extends more than a week.

Djokovic, during a training. (EFE/Diego Fedele)

The tennis player’s lawyer, Nicholas Wood, before Judge Anthony Kelly, prevented immediate deportation by the Australian authorities, also criticizing Minister Hawke’s arguments. He pointed out the tension and tension that the Djokovic case is generating in the country, where his great mass of allies are anti-vaccines. For the defense of the Serbian, a deportation would only increase the unrest.

Djokovic’s lies fed up Australia

On January 5, Djokovic arrived in Melbourne to play the Australian Open. An appointment that, in case of winning, would untie the race that he has with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer in the Grand Slams showcase (20 for each at the moment). The Serb did not present to the authorities the complete vaccination schedule, an essential requirement for his entry into the country. Instead, he offered a medical exemption that allowed him to play after having passed the covid in December. The Australian customs canceled his visa and detained him, understanding that this document was not sufficient, days later it was returned to him.

The waters did not calm down, despite the fact that the Serbian began training for the Open, and it was shown that he had lied in the documentation of his entry into the country. There he stated that he had not traveled anywhere before going to Australia, when he had been in Spain. In addition, the dates on which he claimed to have tested positive for coronavirus coincided with several public events in Belgrade. where Djokovic went without a mask, leading a normal life.

These errors and inconsistencies in the declaration that Djokovic made to enter Australia, as well as for violating the isolation guidelines for covid-19 in Serbia, led Minister Hawke to understand that the tennis player meant a problem for the public health of the country, taking away the visa again.

Djokovic’s parents, Srdjan and Diana, during a protest over their son’s situation. (EFE/EPA/Andrej Cukic)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison supported the work carried out by his government’s immigration portfolio. “Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic and they rightly hope that the result of those sacrifices will be protected.”he said, highlighting “strong border protection policies have kept Australians safe, before covid and currently during the pandemic.” The truth is that, despite the fact that there is a debate on social networks, public opinion in Australia has censored Djokovic’s actions.

Not even in Serbia, where Djokovic is considered a national hero and probably his best athlete of all time, there is no unanimity about his figure. The Prime Minister of the country, Ana Brnabic, was forceful with the attitude of his compatriot, even threatening severe sanctions. “If you’re positive, you have to isolate yourself. I don’t know when he received the results and when he saw them, it’s a bit of a gray area that only Novak can answer, but if it’s true, it’s a serious violation,” Brnabic said in an interview with the BBC, valuing the mass baths that the tennis player gave when he was supposedly positive for coronavirus. According to ‘The Guardian’, Serbian standards they would even reach a threat of three years in prison for the tennis player.

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