Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic was arrested in Melbourne after meeting with Australian immigration officials. This occurs a day after the country’s authorities canceled his visa for the second time for health and public order reasons.
It was expected that after that meeting, which took place in a place that was not made public to avoid the “media circus”, the 34-year-old Serb would be detained by the immigration authorities. So it was. He cannot be deported until the case is resolved in court.
In the last hours, in an emergency hearing after learning of the new cancellation of Djokovic’s visa, Judge Anthony Kelly of the Federal Circuit Court reported that the case was transferred to the Federal Court of Australia, which is a higher instance.
The judicial process is expected to end before the start of the Australian Open, which takes place between January 17 and 30 in the city of Melbourne and in which Djokovic hopes to obtain his tenth title and reach the historic 21 Grand Slams.
What about Novak Djokovic
After several days studying the case, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decided at the end of Friday afternoon to cancel Djokovic’s visa again with the intention of expelling him from the country, which could also mean a three-year ban on returning. to Australia.
“Today I have exercised my power under section 133C (3) of the Immigration Law to cancel the visa of Mr. Novak Djokovic based on sanitary reasons and the maintenance of order because it is in the public interest,” the minister said in a brief statement by remarking that he “carefully” weighed the information provided by the parties.