Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic was detained in Australia, before his case to stay in the country comes before the Federal Court.
The Djokovic’s case to stay in Australia will be heard this Saturday before the country’s Federal Court after an emergency hearing before Judge Anthony Kelly in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, according to CNN.
Australia’s federal court is a higher body than the one Kelly presided over.
The decision comes four days after Judge Kelly ruled that police officers Australian Border Force (ABF) they had been “unreasonable” when they canceled his initial visa to enter Australia upon his arrival in the country on January 5.
The judge ordered that Djokovic be released from immigration detention within 30 minutes.
The second cancellation is the latest twist in a saga that has garnered global headlines. And it put Australia’s immigration and covid policies under scrutiny.
Under current Australian law, all international arrivals are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19; what doesn’t happen with Novak Djokovic, unless they have a medical exemption.
Djokovic said he was under the impression he could get in because two independent panels associated with Tennis Australia and the Victoria state government had granted him an exemption on the grounds that he had been infected with Covid-19 in December.
The federal government argued that under its rules, prior infection with Covid-19 is not a valid reason for an exemption.