Djokovic again in immigration custody

Melbourne, 15 January (agency) World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic is again in immigration custody after the visa was canceled for the second time due to not being vaccinated against Corona, while his appeal against the cancellation of the visa will be heard in the High Court. The matter will be heard in the Federal Court on Sunday while the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, begins on Monday. Police have closed the lane behind the building where Djokovic’s lawyers are staying. On Saturday afternoon, two vehicles came out of there. TV footage showed Djokovic sitting in the back seat wearing a mask as the vehicle stopped outside the immigration detention hotel. The Australian Associate Press reported that Djokovic is again in custody. He had spent four nights in the same hotel earlier as well. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday that he had exercised his privileges as minister to revoke the visa of the 34-year-old Serbian player on public interest grounds. Hawke said that he has taken this decision for health reasons keeping in mind the public interest. He said in a statement, ‘The Morrison Government is committed to protecting the Australian borders during this time of Corona epidemic.’ Djokovic’s visa has been canceled for the second time.

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