Novak Djokovic has Australian visa revoked again, putting him at risk of deportation

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced the decision in a statement Friday, after days of deliberation on whether to expel the Serbian star from the country.

It is unclear whether Australia will move to extradite Djokovic as the decision can still be challenged by his legal team.

“Today I exercised my power under section 133c(3) of the Immigration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr. Novak Djokovic on grounds of health and order, on the grounds that it is in the public interest to do so,” the statement said. .

“In making this decision, I have carefully considered the information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, Australian Border Forces and Mr. Djokovic. The Morrison Government is deeply committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The decision comes four days after a judge ruled that Australian Border Force (ABF) officers were “unreasonable” when they rescinded his initial visa to enter Australia upon his arrival in the country on January 5. The judge ordered Djokovic’s release from immigration detention. Within 30 minutes.
The second cancellation is the latest development in this saga that has made global headlines and has put Australia’s Covid and immigration policies under scrutiny.

Under current Australian laws, All international arrivals are required to receive a Covid-19 vaccination – which Djokovic does not offer – unless they have a medical exemption.

Djokovic said he was under the impression he could enter because two independent panels granted him an exemption on the grounds that he contracted Covid-19 in December. The government argued that a previous infection did not prevent him from getting the vaccine.

Despite Monday’s ruling, the immigration minister retained ministerial authority to personally intervene in the case and ultimately had the final say As to whether he will allow Djokovic to stay, although his decision can be appealed.

In his ruling, the judge indicated that if Djokovic was deported, he would be banned from Australia for three years. However, this can be waived in special circumstances.

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

How did he get to this

Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on January 5 and soon had his visa revoked to enter the country without good reason for not being immunized against Covid-19.

He spent several nights in a Melbourne detention hotel, which also houses dozens of refugees – some of whom have been held for more than eight years.

His lawyers appealed the decision and won the legal battle on Monday, but questions have since emerged about Djokovic’s behavior after he tested positive for Covid-19 on December 16.

In a statement posted on social media on Wednesday, Djokovic admitted he was not immediately isolated after receiving a positive diagnosis – but denied knowing he had the virus when attending several public events.
Djokovic admits he was not immediately isolated after positive Covid test, as Australia investigates potential discrepancies in testing

He also apologized for what appeared to be misinformation about his Australia visa permit, specifically that he had not traveled within the 14 days prior to arriving in the country. Photographs taken during this period appear to show him in both Spain and Serbia.

Djokovic said a member of his support team provided the information and that the omission was a “human error”.

In the statement, Djokovic also admitted to giving an interview and taking a photo with a French sports newspaper while he tested positive, which he admitted was a “miscalculation”.

The disagreement over the visa and the decision whether to allow unvaccinated Djokovic – who has previously voiced opposition to Covid-19 vaccines and vaccine mandates – comes at a time of rising Covid-19 case numbers.

On Friday, the state of Victoria – home to Melbourne where the Australian Open is held – reported 34,836 cases, with a record 976 people hospitalized with Covid-19. This week, the country passed 1 million cases for the entire epidemic.

Before the decision, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he was “proud” to help the tennis star during the visa dispute but acknowledged it was “essential that people be vaccinated”.

Novak Djokovic's fans are fighting to get him out of the hotel.  Inside, refugees wonder if they will ever leave

He also appeared to deal indirectly with Djokovic’s admission that he was not immediately isolated after he tested positive for Covid-19 in December.

“If you know you’re infected, you shouldn’t go out in public,” Vucic said in an interview with Public Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS).

Meanwhile, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told the BBC that it would be a “clear breach of the rules” if Djokovic was at a public event after learning he tested positive.


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