MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation once more after the Australian authorities revoked his visa for a second time.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke stated Friday he used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public curiosity grounds three days earlier than the Australian Open is to start.
Djokovic’s legal professionals are anticipated to enchantment the cancelation within the Federal Circuit and Household Court docket as they efficiently did after the primary cancellation.
Hawke stated he canceled the visa on “well being and good order grounds, on the idea that it was within the public curiosity to take action.”
“The Morrison Authorities is firmly dedicated to defending Australia’s borders, significantly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hawke stated in a press release, referring to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
It’s the second time Djokovic’s visa has been canceled since he arrived in Melbourne final week to defend his Australian Open title.
His exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete was authorized by the Victoria state authorities and Tennis Australia, the event organizer. That apparently allowed him to obtain a visa to journey.
However the Australian Border Pressure rejected the exemption and canceled his visa upon arrival in Melbourne. Djokovic spent 4 nights in an immigration detention resort earlier than a choose on Monday overturned that call.
Melbourne-based immigration lawyer Kian Bone stated Djokovic’s legal professionals confronted an “extraordinarily tough” job to get courtroom orders over the weekend to permit their shopper to play subsequent week.
“For Djokovic to get the outcomes he must play can be extraordinarily tough to acquire over the weekend,” Bone stated.
Hawke’s delay in reaching a choice bordered on punitive, Bone stated.
“In case you left it any later than he has completed now, I feel from a strategic standpoint he’s (Hawke’s) actually hamstringing Djokovic’s authorized crew, by way of what kind of choices or cures he might receive,” Bone stated hours earlier than the choice was introduced.
The legal professionals would wish to go earlier than an obligation choose of the Federal Circuit and Household Court docket or a better choose of the Federal Court docket to get two pressing orders.
One order can be an injunction stopping his deportation, just like the order he gained final week. The second would order Hawke to grant Djokovic a visa to play.
“That second order is sort of not precedented,” Bone stated. “Very hardly ever do the courts order a member of the manager authorities to grant a visa.”