Tennis star Novak Djokovic will spend Saturday evening in immigration detention earlier than looking for a courtroom ruling to cease his deportation and maintain alive his bid for a document twenty first main title on the Australian Open, Reuters experiences.
The world primary arrived at Melbourne’s Park Resort, the identical immigration detention lodge the place he was held final week, simply earlier than 3.30pm, based on a Reuters witness.
A couple of dozen refugee activists chanted “cease the torture… allow them to out” as Djokovic and Border Power guards drove into the underground storage of the lodge, which can be getting used to carry 33 asylum seekers and travellers in Covid quarantine. A person biking previous the lodge shouted: “Go residence, Novak!”
It is going to be a second stint in detention for Djokovic, who spent his first 4 nights in Australia in lodge detention earlier than a decide freed him on Monday after discovering a call to cancel his visa on arrival had been unreasonable.
The immigration minister, Alex Hawke, determined to cancel the Serbian star’s visa as a result of his presence may foster opposition to Covid vaccination in Australia, courtroom paperwork launched after an preliminary listening to within the Federal Court docket on Saturday confirmed.
Hawke mentioned in a letter to Djokovic and his authorized workforce:
Though I … settle for that Mr Djokovic poses a negligible particular person threat of transmitting Covid-19 to different individuals, I nonetheless contemplate that his presence could also be a threat to the well being of the Australian neighborhood.
This rationalization in Djokovic’s affidavit is extra detailed than the transient assertion Hawke launched on Friday, which mentioned his choice was based mostly on “well being and good order grounds”.
Justice David O’Callaghan set a listening to on Djokovic’s enchantment for 9.30am on Sunday, with the query of whether or not it will be held earlier than a single decide or a full courtroom nonetheless to be decided.
Djokovic’s attorneys mentioned on Friday they’d argue deportation would solely additional fan anti-vaccine sentiment and could be as a lot a risk to dysfunction and public well being as letting him keep and exempting him from Australia’s requirement that each one guests be vaccinated.
A courtroom order on Friday evening had required the 34-year-old to give up to immigration officers for an interview on Saturday morning, earlier than he could be taken to his attorneys’ officers for the preliminary listening to. After leaving his attorneys, he was to be taken into immigration detention.
Border Power and the immigration minister’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon whether or not Djokovic had attended the interview.
The federal government has mentioned it will not deport Djokovic till his enchantment has been heard. Djokovic desires to find a way defend his title on the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.
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