Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, whose visa was revoked for the second time on Friday, was transferred this Saturday to a hotel which serves as centered immigration detention in Melbourne after meeting with the lawyers representing him.
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the balkan athlete arrived at the Hotel Park, where he has already spent the 6th day of detention when he was revoked the entry permit for the first time until this Monday, the public channel ABC confirmed with images.
Djokovic had permission to meet this morning with the lawyers that represent him and deal with the arguments with which they seek to appeal the decision made yesterday by the Australian Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, who decided to revoke Djokovic’s entry permit.
for now, the conversations between the Balkan and their legal representatives that lasted several hours.
Around 2:45 p.m. local time, two vehicles left the lawyers’ office, and in one of them was traveling a man dressed in green clothes and who covered his face and ears with a cap in the presence of the media.
less than an hour later, local media captured Djokovic’s entrance to the hotel used by Immigration.
According to the court order issued last night by the Melbourne Federal Circuit Court – which transferred the case to a higher court – Djokovic, 34, he could be detained at the conclusion of his appointment with the lawyers.
the sportsman will spend the night in this center, where undocumented immigrants have also been held for years and that is famous for its poor comfort conditions, before the scheduled hearing tomorrow at 9:30 local time (22:30 GMT, Saturday) in front of the Federal Court to urgently deal with the possible deportation of the Balkan.
In a 258-page document filed with the court, the Australian immigration minister denounced that the presence of Djokovic it can “lead to increased anti-vaccine sentiment in the community” which could lead to riots, like those previously reported in Melbourne.
Djokovic traveled to Melbourne from Spain on January 5 with a medical exemption so as not to be vaccinated, having recently been infected with covid-19, although upon arrival the Immigration authorities canceled his visa and detained him.
On Monday, a court ordered the tennis player’s release after understanding that he had not been treated “fairly”, but yesterday the minister canceled the visa again and Djokovic’s lawyers in turn appealed the decision that could lead to his deportation.
It is unknown at the moment if he will be able to participate in the Australian Open tournament, which begins on Monday, and in whose first round match he will face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.
With information from EFE