Djokovic wins battle, Australian judge orders release

Immigration minister not deciding today, athlete free - reports

10 January, 14:18

    (ANSAmed) - MELBOURNE, JANUARY 10 - Tennis star Novak Djokovic has won a legal battle, with an Australian judge ordering his release. In particular, the BBC reports, the court decided that Djokovic can be release after the judge determined that the border official who took the decision to cancel the tennis player's visa acted unreasonably. A government lawyer, however, said Australia can still order Djokovic's expulsion from the country.

    Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decided to take more than the four hours provided by law to decide whether to annul Djokovic's visa. According to the newspaper The Age, which reported the news, this means that the Serbian champion is free for the moment. The minister, the newspaper said, will not decide by the end of the day.

    Djokovic told border authorities upon his arrival in Australia that he was not vaccinated and that he had Covid twice, in June 2020 and on December 16. He had a negative test on December 22, the Guardian reported, quoting documents that emerged at today's hearing in a court in Melbourne at the end of which judge Anthony Kelly decided to revoke the visa cancellation.

    "I had Covid twice. I had Covid in June 2020 and I had Covid recently - I tested positive at Pcr - on December 16, 2021", Djokovic said, responding to specific questions, according to the transcrip of the interview with Australian border officials, published by the Guardian newspaper.

    News of the judge's decision to revoke the visa cancellation and authorize the Serbian tennis player take part in the Tennis Open was welcomed by hundreds of Djokovic's supporters outside the court, who were holding Serbian and Australian flags, the BBC reported. Several people, including a small crowd, over the past few days camped outside the hotel where the tennis player was staying while waiting for a decision.

    A group of supporters, many wearing the colors of the Serbian flag, surrounded the car getting out of the Cbd skyscraper in Melbourne where the legal practice assisting the tennis player is located. Australian police intervened using pepper spray against protesters to disperse them and allow the car to drive on. Some of them started hurling bottles and insulting police officers who didn't react. It is unclear whether Djokovic was in the car.(ANSAmed).

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