Djokovic wins in court, immediate release ordered

An Australian court has ordered the release of Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian tennis player had been in a detention center in Melbourne since last Thursday after his visa was revoked because he was not vaccinated against Covid.

Judge Anthony Kelly of the Melbourne Federal Circuit Court has ordered the Australian government to implement the release order within the next 30 minutes, to hand over the passport and personal effects to world number one, and to pay legal fees.

At the moment, therefore, Djokovic can play the Australian Open, starting next Monday. But a government lawyer warned that Australia could still order Djokovic’s expulsion from Australia: the “immigration minister has the power to expel him,” warned government lawyer Christopher Tran. In the event of expulsion, Djokovic will not be able to enter Australia for three years.


  • 11:14

    Media, the government will not decide today

    Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke will not make a decision today (9:10 pm in Australia) on canceling Djokovic’s visa. The Sydney Morning Herald reports, noting that Hawke had four hours to use his personal power under the Migration Act. But the government decided not to make a decision within four hours. Hawke is expected to decide whether to cancel the visa tomorrow.


  • 10:36

    The government: has not been arrested

    Novak Djokovic was not arrested again. The Sydney Mornin Herald reports, citing four government and sports sources. The Immigration Minister is still deciding whether to revoke the visa, The Age confirms The Sydney Morning Herald.


  • 10:31

    The brother, they want to arrest him; is with lawyers

    The Australian government seems intent on expelling Novak Djokovic anyway after the Serbian tennis player won his appeal against the decision to cancel his Australian visa and was released from prison. Djokovic’s brother, quoted by the Guardian, told the Serbian press that “they want to arrest him and lock him up again”, and currently the champion is with his lawyers to consider options. Djokovic’s father Srdjan told Serbian media that his son has been arrested again in Australia.


  • 10:30

    The media father was arrested again

    Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan told Serbian media that his son has been arrested again in Australia. The tennis champion had won his appeal against the decision to cancel his Australian visa and was released from prison. But the government lawyer had immediately warned that the immigration minister may still decide to deport him.

By Editor

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