Novak Djokovic Detained In Australia Ahead Of Deportation Appeal

Australian courts have ruled in favor of Djokovic, who is being held in pre-immigration detention ahead of a crucial immigration hearing on Saturday. The tennis player was first revoked from his visa just weeks after arriving in the country, on January 5. Earlier this month, Djokovic was granted a medical exemption and used it to enter the country on January 5. On arrival, Prime Minister Scott Morrison revoked Djokovic’s visa.

Novak Djokovic was arrested in Australia at the weekend by border authorities, following a court-ordered arrangement. He was previously convicted of breaching the terms of his visa, which was later reinstated after a federal judge ruled that the officials who detained him were unreasonable. He had been held in immigration detention before, and a full-court hearing will take place on Sunday morning in Melbourne.

The case was delayed a day as Djokovic’s lawyer filed an appeal against the immigration minister’s decision. Djokovic was held in Australia before his crucial immigration hearing because he lied about his positive COVID test. This decision has caused much controversy in Australia. The Australian government says Djokovic has a criminal record in Serbia, but Djokovic has denied the allegations and is appealing the ruling.

Djokovic was briefly detained by the Australian government on Saturday while awaiting his hearing. The government is “firmly committed to protecting our borders.” Its decision to revoke Djokovic’s visa was based on good order and health reasons. The cancellation was deemed to be in the public interest. However, the Australian government has agreed not to deport Djokovic until the hearing is over.

The Australian Federal Circuit Court found in favor of Djokovic on Friday, but the tennis star was detained in Australia ahead of the hearing. He is currently fighting for his visa to stay in Australia. The court ordered him to submit a false travel declaration for a medical exemption for the COVID vaccine, which he had already had before his visa was revoked. The judge’s decision is final, but Djokovic could still play in the Australian Open on Monday.

The case is also important for Djokovic’s reputation and his legal rights. His legal team had to prove that he is a citizen of Australia. The Australian Federal Court has already rejected the Serbian tennis player’s request to be detained in the country. But the Australian government has also ruled that Djokovic should be allowed to stay in the country.

Novak Djokovic Detained In Australia Ahead Of Deportation Appeal

Despite the high profile of the Australian Open, Djokovic’s visa was revoked again on Friday night by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. The government’s legal team argued that the former world number one player did not meet the conditions for an exemption. The case will now go to the Australian Federal Court, which will rule on Djokovic’s case.

The Australian government has denied Djokovic’s appeal and he is being held in a hotel in Melbourne. He has been denied a visa for three months and is unable to leave the country. He has won the Australian Open three times and is tied with Roger Federer for the most Grand Slams. His ‘immigration’ case is still ongoing, but Djokovic was released from his immigration detention on Sunday.

The reason for the deportation of Djokovic is unclear. While Djokovic had been granted an exemption in December, the federal government argued that his alleged mistake on his travel form is not a legitimate exemption. The tennis player was detained for four nights in a Melbourne airport, but his lawyers were able to convince the court that the case is procedural rather than legal.

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Djokovic is being held in Australia ahead of his immigration hearing. He was initially released after the court ruled in his favor and the court ordered him to be released immediately. The decision of the Australian authorities was not taken lightly, as the revocation was a result of his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The player was not able to be vaccinated in Australia, and his passport was revoked.

By Nihal Shykh

Nihal Shykh was born in 2002 in Lahore, Pakistan. Growing up, he was fascinated with Cricket, and this interest led to some early exposure to reading since he was drawn to stories related to Cricket. In The Realm of Possibility, Nihal explores the issue of how past events are unchangeable by introducing an ability to manipulate past events.

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