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Novak Djokovic is again at risk of deportation as his Australian visa has been revoked


Immigration Minister Alex Hawk announced the decision in a statement on Friday after several days of deliberations over whether to expel the Serbian star.

It is unclear whether Djokovic will be deported to Australia as his legal team may still challenge him.

“Today I exercised my authority under Section 133C (3) of the Immigration Act to revoke the visa held by Novak Djokovic in the public interest and on the grounds of health and good order,” the statement said. .

“In making this decision, I carefully considered the information provided to me by the Ministry of the Interior, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.

The verdict comes four days after the judge ruled Australian Border Force (ABF) officials are “unfair” When they canceled his initial visa when he arrived in Australia on January 5th. Judge Djokovic ordered his release from immigration custody within 30 minutes.
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The second cancellation was Australia’s Govt Immigration policies Under surveillance.

Under current Australian law, All international visitors should be vaccinated against Kovit-19 – not Djokovic – unless they have a medical exemption.

Djokovic said he thinks he can enter because there are two independent panels Tennis is affiliated with Australia and the state government of Victoria exempted him on the grounds that he contracted Govt-19 in December. The federal government, in its rules, argued that pre-infection with Govt-19 was not a valid reason to grant exemption.

Despite Monday’s ruling, the immigration minister retained the minister’s power to personally intervene in the case. Although his decision may be appealed, it remains to be seen whether Djokovic will be allowed to stay.

The judge ruled that if Djokovic had been deported, he would have been banned from Australia for three years. However this can be discounted in special circumstances.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawk used his executive powers to revoke Djokovic's visa.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the minister’s decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa-protected “sacrifices” was made by Australians throughout the epidemic.

In a statement, Morrison said, “The epidemic is incredibly difficult for every Australian, but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.”

“Australians have made many sacrifices during these epidemics, and they rightly expect the outcome of those sacrifices to be preserved,” he said. “This is what the Minister is doing today.”

How did this come about

Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on January 5 and his visa was immediately revoked for entering the country without a valid reason for not being able to be vaccinated against Kovit-19.

He spent several nights in a detention center in Melbourne, including dozens of refugees – some of whom have been in immigration custody for more than eight years.

His lawyers challenged the decision on Monday and won the legal battle, but questions arose about Djokovic’s conduct after a positive test for Kovit-19 on December 16.

A Report published on social media On Wednesday, Djokovic admitted that he was not isolated immediately after receiving a positive diagnosis – but denied that he knew he had the virus while attending several public events.
Djokovic admitted that he was not immediately isolated after the positive Govt test as Australia was exploring possible discrepancies in the tests.

He apologized for the misinformation in his Australia visa announcement, especially that he had not traveled for 14 days before arriving in the country. Photographs taken during that period seem to show him in both Spain and Serbia.

Djokovic said one of his support staff had submitted the information and that the omission was “human error”.

In the statement, Djokovic admitted to doing an interview and photo shoot with a French sports newspaper, while Kovit Positive admitted that it was a “judgment error”.

The visa controversy and decision on whether or not to allow Djokovic, who voiced prior to the Govt-19 vaccines and immunization orders, into the country are coming at the same time. When the number of Govt-19 cases rises.

In the state of Victoria, Melbourne’s host of the Australian Open on Friday, 34,836 cases were reported and 976 people were hospitalized with Covit-19. The country has surpassed one million in total epidemics this week.

What’s next

Maria Jokal, the BDO’s legal representative for migration services, said Djokovic’s lawyers should have 28 days to represent the minister, and why he should change his decision.

At that point he may be sent back to immigration custody, mostly to the Park Hotel in Melbourne, where his lawyers are discussing their next move.

Experts say Djokovic could be released on another visa to compete in the Australian Open, despite his visa being revoked once again.

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“If there is an unbelievable outcry over the detention of the world’s No. 1 tennis player during the Australian Open, the government may repent and expel him on a bridging visa,” said Abul Rizvi, the former deputy secretary of immigration. Department.

A bridging visa would allow Djokovic to work – or, in this case, to play – but the political implications of that decision are not clear because it contradicts the news that Djokovic poses a health risk to the Australian people.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has a simple solution to this problem as early as Friday: “Get vaccinated.”

“That’s what’s important … I say this to every Victorian. That’s what I did. That’s what my kids have done,” he said, adding that the Australian Open is bigger than a player and the problem is huge. one person.

CNN Tennis Contributor Ben Rothenberg and CNN’s Hannah Richie, Angus Watson, Jesse Jung and Ivana Kottasova.