Melbourne, Australia – Tennis star Novak Djokovic won a court battle to stay in Australia to play in the Australian Open on Monday, despite not being vaccinated.But the government threatened to revoke his visa a second time.
Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly reinstated Djokovic’s visaBecause the authorities have decided that it does not meet the criteria for admission, all non-citizens should be fully vaccinated.
The judge also ordered the government to release Djokovic within 30 minutes of his stay at the Quarantine Hotel in Melbourne, where he spent the last four nights.
He has been released, according to Reuters, adding that he was in his lawyers’ chambers during the virtual court session. He did not appear on screen in the first hours of the hearing and did not immediately appear in public.
The decision renewed the chances of the world’s top ranked tennis player to win a record 21st Grand Slam title at the upcoming Open. Djokovic is a nine-time Australian Open champion. His 20 Grand Slam singles titles is a men’s record he has shared with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
But public prosecutor Christopher Tran told the judge after the ruling that the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawk, would consider whether to use personal power to revoke the visa.
Reuters said he was doing just that. “The minister is currently considering the matter and the process is ongoing,” Reuters quoted a Hawk spokesman as saying.
This would mean that Djokovic could face deportation again and miss the Open, which starts on January 17.
Kelly said another visa revocation threat meant “the stakes have risen instead of decreased.”
Prosecutors have confirmed that another visa revocation means Djokovic will be banned from Australia for three years.
Back and forth the world was engulfed and a commotion broke out in Australia, where many initially denied reports that Djokovic, who had been expressing skepticism about the vaccine, had been killed. Strict rules were waived for competition in Melbourne. Many felt that Starr was receiving special treatment because Australians who have not been vaccinated face severe travel and quarantine restrictions. Court documents say he is unvaccinated.
But when Border Police later stopped him from arriving, others scolded him, saying he was being made a scapegoat by the Australian government, which has been criticized for dealing with the epidemic. ۔
Speaking to television network Prova in Belgrade, Serbia, tennis star’s brother Jordaj Djokovic called the judge’s decision “a major setback for Australian authorities.”
But he said the family was still hearing that his brother could be taken into custody, although he did not provide details.
“It’s definitely politics, it was all politics,” he added.
Interior Minister Karen Andrews’s office confirmed that Novak Djokovic had not been arrested.
It was not immediately clear where he was, although hundreds of fans gathered outside his lawyer’s office in Melbourne late Monday, many of them carrying Serbian flags and wearing red, white and blue banners. Were He used the nickname of the star and used the slogan “Free Noel”. Police later dispersed them as they surrounded a car trying to leave the area.
The virtual hearing crashed several times as large numbers of people from around the world tried to watch the proceedings.
The New Daily News website reported that on one occasion, an expired court link was apparently hacked and pornographic material was broadcast.
Agence France-Presse described Monday’s visa restoration as “an extraordinary blow to the Australian government, which has imposed strict epidemic conditions on the arrival of foreign travelers for the past two years.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Conservative government is seeking re-election in May for a fourth three-year term.
Although his government was widely praised for containing the country’s COVID-19 mortality rate at the onset of the epidemic, Omicron’s cases are growing rapidly. It has been criticized for its lack of rapid antigen tests and its refusal to make the tests available to everyone for free.
Djokovic argued that he did not need proof of vaccination because he had the evidence..
Australian medical authorities have ruled that people infected with COVID-19 can be given a temporary waiver of the vaccination principle within six months.
Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly noted that Djokovic had provided authorities at Melbourne Airport with a medical exemption from Tennis Australia, which is holding the Open, and two medical panels.
“What I’m worried about is what else could this man do?” Kelly asked Djokovic’s lawyer, Nick Wood.
Wood agreed with the judge that Djokovic could do no more.
Transcripts of Djokovic’s interviews with Border Force personnel and his own affidavit show that “repeated appeals to the officers with whom he was dealing that, according to his understanding, inconsistent, he absolutely He did everything he thought he needed to do to enter Australia, “said Wood.
Djokovic’s lawyers have filed 11 counts against his visa revocation. Lawyers called the repeal “seriously irrational”, unreasonable and legally unreasonable.