Novak Djokovic: A judge orders the immediate release of tennis star

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Novak Djokovic supporters have demonstrated outside the courthouse during proceedings

Novak Djokovic challenged an Australian government order to revoke his visa. The decision was dramatically overturned by Novak Djokovic.

Judge Anthony Kelly ordered that the tennis player be released from detention and directed the government to cover his legal costs.

He flew in from Serbia to defend his Australian Open title.

However, Alex Hawke, the Immigration Minister could cancel his visa for new reasons.

Djokovic’s response to the notice to cancel his visa was not timely, as acknowledged by the government in court.

He was informed that he had until Thursday, 08:30 CET to comment on the cancellation of his visa under Section 116 of Australia’s Migration Act. However, the Border Force took the final decision just after 07:40.

Djokovic was told by the Judge that he could have been given more time to present reasons why his visa shouldn’t be revoked if authorities hadn’t extended their original deadline.

Judge Kelly stated that everyone plays by the same rules. They were “stated in another terms, but they weren’t observed.”

Following delays due to technical problems, Monday’s trial began with a live stream.

Djokovic’s lawyers argued that Djokovic entered the country under the condition that he was exempted from any restrictions that required travellers to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Nick Wood explained to the court that exemptions had been granted by two medical boards after a coronavirus-related infection. He also stated that all medical evidence had been presented to authorities.

“He did absolutely everything. “He had done everything required by Tennis Australia,” said Mr Wood.

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Judge Kelly seemed to be in agreement with Mr Wood and stated that he was “agitated” at what he’d heard thus far.

“What could this man do more?” He asked.

Djokovic’s legal team also claimed that the treatment he received by Australian Border Force officers upon his arrival in Australia was unjust.

After being approached at the airport, the man asked that he wait till the morning so that his team could speak to him before leaving the country. Initial officials agreed.

After he fell asleep, he was awakened by officers.

Christopher Tran, the government lawyer, claimed that Djokovic was not eligible for an exemption under travel rules because of his recent Covid infection. This argument also discredits any unreasonableness.


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