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Melbourne World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic is again in immigration custody after his visa was canceled for the second time for not being vaccinated against Corona. His appeal against the cancellation of visa will now 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 from 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 in custody again. 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 keeping in mind the public interest for health reasons. 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. His visa was revoked by the Australia Border Force on arrival in Melbourne last week because he did not meet the criteria required for medical exemption from Australia’s stringent coronavirus vaccination rules. He spent four nights in the segregation hotel, after which the judge gave a verdict in his favor on Monday.
Meanwhile, in a social media post, Djokovic admitted that there was a mistake in his travel detail form but called it an unintentional human error by his agent.
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