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Tennis star Novak Djokovic to be questioned by Border Power in secret location after visa cancelled

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Tennis famous person Novak Djokovic can be whisked to a secret location at 8am and interviewed by immigration officers as his last-ditch bid to stay in Australia following his visa cancellation accelerates.

It’s understood the world No. 1 can be escorted by Border Power officers to his attorneys’ workplaces as his case is heard by a brand new choose – Justice David O’Callaghan – on the Federal Court docket at 10.15am. The 32-year-old Serbian may then be detained in an immigration lodge.   

It comes as Djokovic’s attorneys instructed a late night time courtroom listening to his visa was cancelled on grounds he may ‘excite anti-vax sentiment’ on the Australian Open on Monday.

The 34-year-old’s authorized workforce argued that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s reasoning was ‘patently irrational’ and failed to think about how deporting the World No.1 may have the alternative impact by whipping up extra assist for the anti-vaccination motion.  

Regardless of the late-night proceedings, authorized consultants say it is going to be tough – if not not possible – for Djokovic to efficiently problem a visa cancellation determination made personally by Minister Hawke.  

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic had his visa cancelled for a second time and launched a late night appeal on Friday in a bid to avoid being deported

Tennis famous person Novak Djokovic had his visa cancelled for a second time and launched a late night time enchantment on Friday in a bid to keep away from being deported 

 

A timeline of Novak Djokovic and his battle to play at the Australian Open. On January 4 he told his social media followers he was heading to Australia despite being unvaccinated

A timeline of Novak Djokovic and his battle to play on the Australian Open. On January 4 he instructed his social media followers he was heading to Australia regardless of being unvaccinated

Nick Wooden SC instructed the Federal Circuit and Household Court docket on Friday night time that authorities officers’ fears had been unfounded, and that it will be incorrect to ‘take away a person of fine standing’ from Australia and ‘impair’ his profession. 

Choose Anthony Kelly, who dominated within the tennis nice’s favour earlier this week, responded by saying the difficulty of anti-vax sentiment can be ‘an vital foundational side of this case’ given the wave of deaths and financial affect the Covid pandemic has had on Australia. 

The preliminary instructions listening to began  at 8.45pm on Friday – simply three hours after Mr Hawke used his discretionary powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa.   

The newest twist within the dramatic saga may proceed till Sunday – simply in the future earlier than the Grand Slam begins.  

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was handed the poisoned chalice of deciding whether or not Novak Djokovic can be allowed to remain in Australia after his visa was initially cancelled upon arrival

Mr Wooden instructed the courtroom his consumer is ‘looking for an injunction to cease his deportation and get him out of detention’ so the world No. 1 can compete in his first spherical conflict on Monday night time and hopefully realise his dream of profitable a file 21 Grand Slams.

He stated he hoped to file a closing submission by 12pm on Saturday, with Minister Hawke filling his by 10pm adopted by a listening to on Sunday.  

On the closing of the listening to, Choose Kelly introduced that the case had been transferred to Justice O’Callaghan on the Federal Court docket to to make sure a fast turnaround and keep away from extra appeals. 

On Friday night, the Australian Open tweeted that the Monday draw remained unchanged. Because of this Djokovic can be set to play fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic, who’s ranked world No.78, if he wins his case.  

Djokovic, pictured with his wife Jelena, could be barred from entering Australia for three years following Alex Hawke's decision

Djokovic, pictured along with his spouse Jelena, might be barred from coming into Australia for 3 years following Alex Hawke’s determination 

Minister Hawke used his discretionary powers to cancel the Serbian’s visa on Friday, 4 days after the Federal Authorities had backed down on sending him dwelling. 

Officers stated Djokovic could pose a danger to the group, and his visa cancellation was within the ‘public curiosity’.

Shortly after the announcement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison launched an announcement saying ‘Australians have made many sacrifices throughout this pandemic, they usually rightly count on the results of these sacrifices to be protected.

‘That is what the Minister is doing in taking this motion as we speak.’  

The cancellation means Djokovic might be barred from a brand new Australian visa for 3 years, besides beneath sure circumstances. 

Djokovic concedes he offered false info on his journey entry type, which incorrectly claimed he had not travelled within the 14 days earlier than his arrival in Melbourne, regardless of visiting Spain

The 34-year-old’s authorized workforce was reportedly instructed of his visa cancellation 13 minutes earlier than the media, and went straight into discussions with the Federal Authorities.   

Mr Hawke stated in his assertion launched at 5.52pm: ‘As we speak I exercised my energy beneath part 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on well being and good order grounds, on the idea that it was within the public curiosity to take action. 

‘This determination adopted orders by the Federal Circuit and Household Court docket on 10 January 2022, quashing a previous cancellation determination on procedural equity grounds. 

‘In making this determination, I fastidiously thought-about info offered to me by the Division of Residence Affairs, the Australian Border Power and Mr Djokovic.  

‘The Morrison Authorities is firmly dedicated to defending Australia’s borders, notably in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

‘I thank the officers of the Division of Residence Affairs and the Australian Border Power who work day by day to serve Australia’s pursuits in more and more difficult operational setting.’ 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison backs Immigration Minister 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison launched an announcement shortly after Djokovic’s visa was cancelled.

‘I word the Minister for Immigration’s determination in relation to Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa,’ Mr Morrison stated.

‘I perceive that following cautious consideration, motion has been taken by the Minister to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa held on well being and good order grounds, on the idea that it was within the public curiosity to take action.

‘This pandemic has been extremely tough for each Australian however we’ve got caught collectively and saved lives and livelihoods.

‘Collectively we’ve got achieved one of many lowest loss of life charges, strongest economies and highest vaccination charges, on this planet.

‘Australians have made many sacrifices throughout this pandemic, they usually rightly count on the results of these sacrifices to be protected.

‘That is what the Minister is doing in taking this motion as we speak.

‘Our sturdy border safety insurance policies have saved Australians protected, previous to COVID and now in the course of the pandemic.’

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Minister Hawke’s determination has thrown the Australian Open into disarray. Djokovic, who has gained the Australian Open a file 9 instances, might be held in detention in Melbourne whereas the match goes on, making a nightmare state of affairs for Tennis Australia. 

Protests have been predicted and the Federal Authorities can count on a world backlash in response to its determination, notably from Serbia.

Protests have been predicted and the federal government can expect an international backlash in response to its decision, particularly from Serbia. Members of Melbourne's Serbian community are pictured on Monday

Protests have been predicted and the federal authorities can count on a world backlash in response to its determination, notably from Serbia. Members of Melbourne’s Serbian group are pictured on Monday

Requires Djokovic to be deported elevated after inconsistencies emerged between his sworn proof on immigration paperwork and social media posts. 

Djokovic was denied a visa to enter Australia on January 6 by a Border Power official however that call was overturned by the Federal Circuit Court docket on Monday. 

He has since admitted offering false info on his journey entry type, which incorrectly claimed he had not travelled within the 14 days earlier than his arrival in Melbourne, regardless of visiting Spain.

Djokovic has additionally conceded he breached Serbia’s isolation guidelines after studying he had examined optimistic to the virus on December 16.   

Djokovic (pictured with wife Jelena) has been advised to attend an interview with immigration officials on Saturday - and it is believed he will remain out of detention until that is completed

Djokovic (pictured with spouse Jelena) has been suggested to attend an interview with immigration officers on Saturday – and it’s believed he’ll stay out of detention till that’s accomplished

Djokovic stated he had been interviewed in particular person by a French newspaper whereas contaminated with Covid, and blamed his agent for the ‘administrative error’ on his journey entry type. 

Discrepancies emerged after Djokovic issued a prolonged Instagram assertion on Wednesday to make clear ‘misinformation’ about his actions whereas optimistic with Covid.

‘I need to deal with the persevering with misinformation about my actions and attendance at occasions in December within the lead-up to my optimistic Covid check end result,’ it started.

‘I need to emphasise that I’ve tried very exhausting to make sure the security of everybody and my compliance with testing obligations.’

THE THREE ‘INCONSISTENCIES’ IN NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S STORY 

1. WHEN DID THE WORLD NO. 1 FIND OUT HE WAS POSITIVE? AND WAS HIS COVID TEST MANIPULATED?

There are critical questions on when the anti-vaxxer realized of his optimistic Covid check. A sworn affidavit to the Federal Circuit Court docket claimed the tennis star was ‘examined and identified’ for Covid on December 16.

This contradicts his Instagram assertion on Wednesday, after footage emerged of the Serbian star at an occasion in Belgrade on December 17 presenting awards to youngsters with no masks.

He stated he solely realized of his optimistic check shortly after the meet and greet.

Djokovic was instructed he may fly into Melbourne on the idea he examined optimistic to the virus in Serbia on December 16 after which unfavourable six days later.

However German publication Der Spiegel claims when its reporter entered the QR code for his December 16 check into the official Serbian well being database at 1.19pm on Monday, the end result got here again unfavourable.

An hour later at 2.33pm, the scan returned a optimistic end result – in what may merely be a quirk of the system.

A unfavourable end result would have invalidated Djokovic’s declare to enter Australia on a short lived working visa for the match.

2. DJOKOVIC BREACHED COVID ISOLATION RULES IN SERBIA

The 34-year-old disclosed he had attended an occasion with youngsters whereas he was Covid optimistic, however claimed he did not know he was contaminated till afterwards.

He had taken a PCR check the day earlier than and was awaiting outcomes, however stated he examined unfavourable to a fast antigen check so went alongside.

Djokovic has been the topic of intense scrutiny for presenting awards to children at an occasion in Belgrade on December 17 – a day after recording a optimistic end result for the virus.

The Serbian maintained he was not conscious of his prognosis till shortly after however did admit to conducting an in-person interview with French newspaper L’Équipe understanding he was optimistic.

He known as his determination to go forward with the Q and A an ‘error in judgement’ however stated he maintained social distancing and wore a masks.

Underneath Serbian regulation, the place anybody Covid optimistic should isolate for 14 days, such a breach can carry a most sentence of three years behind bars.

3. THE TENNIS STAR PROVIDED FALSE INFORMATION ON HIS DECLARATION FORM AND TO THE COURT

Djokovic is alleged to have written incorrect info on his touchdown card telling Border Power he had not travelled previously 14 days regardless of visiting Spain.

He later stated this was an administrative mistake make by his agent, who ‘ticked the inaccurate field’.

He additionally declared he was ‘examined and identified’ for Covid on December 16 in a courtroom doc however now says he learnt of his optimistic check on December 17.

 

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Djokovic admitted doing a interview and picture shoot L’Equipe whereas contaminated with Covid as he had an extended standing dedication to take action.

‘I cancelled all different occasions apart from the L’Equipe interview,’ Djokovic stated.

‘I felt obliged to go forward and conduct the L’Équipe interview as I did not need to let the journalist down, however did guarantee I socially distanced and wore a masks besides when my {photograph} was taken.’

He additionally addressed the ‘human errors’ on his journey declaration which didn’t declare that he had visited Spain within the 14 days earlier than his arrival at Melbourne Airport.

‘This was submitted by my assist workforce on my behalf – as I instructed immigration officers on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the executive mistake in ticking the inaccurate field about my earlier journey earlier than coming to Australia,’ Djokovic continued.

‘This was a human error and positively not deliberate. We live in difficult instances in a world pandemic and generally these errors can happen. 

‘As we speak, my workforce has offered extra info to the Australian authorities to make clear this ‘matter.’

Djokovic had been granted a medical exemption to play in Melbourne by Tennis Australia. He believed he had met standards set by Australia’s advisory board on immunisation and been given a federal authorities declaration he may journey.

He took his case to the Federal Circuit Court docket the place the federal authorities agreed to settle the case and Choose Kelly quashed the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa on Monday.

Choose Kelly discovered that tearing up Djokovic’s visa had been unreasonable and he had not been given sufficient time by Australian Border Power officers to reply to their considerations. 

Having crushed the Minister for Residence Affairs, Karen Andrews, Djokovic then needed to deal with Mr Hawke, an in depth ally of Mr Morrison.  

Mr Hawke had three choices open to him.

He may have let Djokovic keep in Australia to compete within the Open, he may re-cancel his visa and ban the star from coming to Australia for 3 years, or he may cancel the visa however not impose a three-year ban.

Both of the second and third choices was prone to result in extra authorized motion. 

Djokovic first responded on Monday to the federal authorities’s failed cancellation of his visa, saying he nonetheless wished to compete on the Australian Open. 

‘I am happy and grateful that the choose overturned my visa cancellation,’ he wrote on Twitter. 

‘Regardless of all that has occurred, I need to keep and attempt to compete.

‘I stay targeted on that. I flew right here to play at one of the crucial vital occasions we’ve got in entrance of the superb followers.’ 

Djokovic’s household stated in a press convention in Serbia that he had returned to coaching on the tennis courtroom and the ‘rule of regulation has gained’.

His father Srdjan stated: ‘I name on Queen Elizabeth, the chief of the Commonwealth, to intervene and shield the human rights of my son and to cease the political prosecution carried out in opposition to him since he got here to Australia.’ 

DJOKOVIC COMES CLEAN ABOUT HIS COVID TESTS AND VISA DEBACLE 

‘I need to deal with the persevering with misinformation about my actions and attendance at occasions in December within the lead-up to my optimistic Covid check end result.

That is misinformation which must be corrected, notably within the curiosity of assuaging broader concern locally about my presence in Australia, and to handle issues that are very hurtful and regarding to my household.

I need to emphasise that I’ve tried very exhausting to make sure the security of everybody and my compliance with testing obligations.

I attended a basketball sport in Belgrade on 14 December after which it was reported that quite a few folks examined optimistic to Covid-19.

Regardless of having no Covid signs, I took a fast antigen check on 16 December which was unfavourable, and out of an abundance of warning, additionally took an official and permitted PCR check on that very same day.

The subsequent day I attended a tennis occasion in Belgrade to current awards to youngsters and took a fast antigen check earlier than going to the occasion, and it was unfavourable.

I used to be asymptomatic and felt good, and I had not obtained the notification of a optimistic PCR check till after that occasion.

The subsequent day, on 18 December I used to be at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fulfil a long-standing dedication for a L’Équipe interview and photoshoot. I cancelled all different occasions apart from the L’Equipe interview.

I felt obliged to go forward and conduct the L’Équipe interview as I did not need to let the journalist down, however did guarantee I socially distanced and wore a masks besides when my {photograph} was taken.

Djokovic is pictured practising on Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, ahead of his bid to win a tenth Australian Open crown

Djokovic is pictured practising on Rod Laver Area on Wednesday, forward of his bid to win a tenth Australian Open crown

Once I went dwelling after the interview to isolate for the required interval, on reflection, this was an error of judgment and I settle for that I ought to have rescheduled this dedication.

On the difficulty of my journey declaration, this was submitted by my assist workforce on my behalf – as I instructed immigration officers on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the executive mistake in ticking the inaccurate field about my earlier journey earlier than coming to Australia.

This was a human error and positively not deliberate. We live in difficult instances in a world pandemic and generally these errors can happen. As we speak, my workforce has offered extra info to the Australian authorities to make clear this matter.

Whereas I felt it was vital to handle and make clear misinformation I can’t be making any additional remark out of utmost respect for the Australian authorities and their authorities and the present course of.

It was at all times an honour and a privilege to play within the Australian Open. The Australian Open is much-loved by gamers, followers and the group, not simply in Victoria and in Australia however across the globe, and I simply need to have the chance to compete in opposition to the most effective gamers on this planet and carry out earlier than top-of-the-line crowds on this planet.’

 

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Source: Each day Mail

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