Novak Djokovic has Australian visa revoked once more, placing him vulnerable to deportation

2022-01-14 13:38:54

Immigration minister Alex Hawke introduced the choice in a press release on Friday, after days of deliberation about whether or not to eject the Serbian star from the nation.

It’s unclear whether or not Australia will transfer to deport Djokovic as the choice can nonetheless be challenged by his authorized staff.

“At present 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 premise that it was within the public curiosity to take action,” the assertion mentioned.

“In making this choice, I fastidiously thought-about info offered to me by the Division of Residence Affairs, the Australian Border Pressure and Mr Djokovic. The Morrison Authorities is firmly dedicated to defending Australia’s borders, notably in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The choice comes 4 days after a decide dominated that Australian Border Pressure (ABF) officers had been “unreasonable” after they canceled his preliminary visa to enter Australia on his arrival within the nation on January 5. The decide ordered Djokovic be free of immigration detention inside half-hour.
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The second cancellation is the newest twist in a saga that has garnered world headlines and put Australia’s Covid and immigration insurance policies beneath scrutiny.

Underneath present Australian legal guidelines, all worldwide arrivals are required to be vaccinated towards Covid-19 — which Djokovic isn’t — until they’ve a medical exemption.

Djokovic mentioned he was beneath the impression he may enter as a result of two unbiased panels had granted him an exemption on the grounds that he had been contaminated with Covid-19 in December. The federal government argued {that a} earlier an infection did not cease him from having the ability to get vaccinated.

Regardless of Monday’s ruling, the immigration minister retained ministerial energy to personally intervene within the case and in the end had the ultimate say as as to whether Djokovic can be allowed to remain, although his choice might be appealed.

In his ruling, the decide famous that if Djokovic had been deported, he would have been banned from Australia for 3 years. Nonetheless this may be waived in particular circumstances.

Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke used his executive powers to cancel Djokovic's visa.

The way it got here to this

Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on January 5 and promptly had his visa canceled for getting into the nation with out a legitimate cause why he could not be vaccinated towards Covid-19.

He spent a number of nights in a detention lodge in Melbourne, which additionally homes dozens of refugees — a few of whom have been held in immigration detention for greater than eight years.

His legal professionals challenged the choice and received the authorized battle on Monday, however since then questions have emerged over Djokovic’s habits after testing optimistic for Covid-19 on December 16.

In a assertion revealed to social media on Wednesday, Djokovic acknowledged he didn’t instantly isolate after receiving a optimistic prognosis — however denied realizing he had the virus when attending a number of public occasions.
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He additionally apologized for apparently false info on his Australia visa declaration, particularly that he hadn’t traveled within the 14 days earlier than his arrival within the nation. Images taken throughout that interval seem to indicate him in each Spain and Serbia.

Djokovic mentioned a member of his assist workers submitted the knowledge and the omission had been “human error.”

Within the assertion, Djokovic additionally admitted doing an interview and photograph shoot with a French sports activities newspaper whereas Covid optimistic, which he conceded was an “error of judgment.”

The visa dispute and choice whether or not to permit unvaccinated Djokovic — who has beforehand voiced opposition to Covid-19 vaccines and vaccine mandates — into the nation comes at a time when Covid-19 case numbers are hovering.

On Friday, the state of Victoria — dwelling to Melbourne the place the Australian Open is being held — reported 34,836 circumstances, with a file 976 individuals hospitalized with Covid-19. This week the nation surpassed a million circumstances over the complete pandemic.

Earlier than the choice, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has mentioned he was “proud” to assist the tennis star through the visa dispute however acknowledged it was “obligatory that persons are vaccinated.”

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He additionally appeared to not directly deal with Djokovic’s admission that he didn’t instantly isolate after testing optimistic for Covid-19 in December.

“If you realize you might be contaminated, you should not be going out in public,” Vučić mentioned in an interview with public broadcaster Radio Tv of Serbia (RTS).

In the meantime, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić instructed the BBC it might be “a transparent breach of guidelines” if Djokovic was at a public occasion after realizing he had examined optimistic.

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