Tennis leader Novak Djokovic won a temporary amnesty yesterday in a deportation from Australia, but he will spend the night in an immigration detention center to fight to stay in Australia. Vaccine-skeptical Selve was detained at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport for failing to “provide adequate evidence” of the medical exemption required for double vaccination or entry.
Djokovic defended the Australian Open crown on Wednesday and jumped into Australia hoping to bid for his unprecedented 21st Grand Slam title. Instead of welcoming the conquered champion, he was questioned overnight at the airport and then transferred to Melbourne’s immigration detention center until his visa was revoked and deported.
After an urgent online court appeal, the judge ordered not to remove the controversial star from Australia by Monday, when the final trial is due to begin. Ten days before the tournament, even if Djokovic wins the court, it’s unclear if he can play.
Judge Anthony Kelly warned that justice would move at its own pace through all necessary appeals. “The tail doesn’t tag the dog here,” he warned Star’s lawyer. Given Australia’s strict border rules, there has been speculation for months whether Djokovic will play in the tournament from January 17th to 30th.
The 34-year-old refused to reveal the status of the vaccine, but had previously expressed opposition to being jabed. He has been infected with Covid at least once. Then this week, Djokovic of delight boasted that he had an unexpected medical exemption to play on Instagram.
This move has sparked widespread protests in Australia. In Australia, many residents have been unable to travel abroad or welcome their families over the past two years. Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the last-minute revocation of Djokovic’s visa under the additional pressure of the surge in Covid’s cases and the collapse of the once superior testing system. “Rules are rules, nothing special,” he said.
Authorities did not provide accurate evidence that Djokovic could not present, but the medical exemption should be accompanied by details of the doctor’s consultation and a clear reason for not vaccination. Djokovic is now believed to be in a park hotel, which the Australian Government calls an “alternative detention site.”
As the news of his arrival spread, supporters of the Serbian flag, anti-vaccine activists, refugee advocates, and police landed in an already controversial facility. At least one refugee supporter was arrested in a chaotic scene as police officers tried to clear the area.
Veronica Michich said she was there to show support for Djokovic, which she said was a sign of hope for post-war Serbia. “We consider him a hero. He put Serbia back on the map. Serbia was always drawn, so we were an offensive person and an attacker.”
Currently, about 32 refugees and seekers are being held at the Park Hotel after being brought in for treatment from an offshore detention facility. Detainees cannot leave the hotel and no one except the staff can enter or leave the hotel. Last year, a fire in the building forced refugees and asylum seekers to evacuate, and maggots were found in food, and the facility was notorious. Twenty-one men were reportedly infected with Covid in October at a facility that was a place of regular protest.
The treatment of the Serbs caused anger among his fans and a fierce verbal rebuke from the Serbian president. “The whole of Serbia is with him … our authorities are taking every step to end the abuse of the best tennis players in the world as soon as possible,” President Alexander Djokovic called Djokovic. I said after talking at. “In line with all the standards of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, justice and truth.”
Australian immigration lawyer John Finndry said both the state and Djokovic had to answer some difficult questions in court. “If they see that he has provided incorrect information, he must have the opportunity to answer it,” Findley said.
Experts said the indictment could ban another Australian visa application for three years. But Mr Findley also said the visa revocation seems to have come from “a pile of social media” and the government needs to explain the legal standards that Djokovic couldn’t meet.
Tournament organizers also face difficult questions. Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, said Djokovic had no special treatment and only 26 of the approximately 3,000 players and support staff traveling to Australia for the tournament applied for the vaccine exemption. Only a handful have succeeded. Those individuals also now appear ready to face additional scrutiny.
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