The Australian government is fighting back. In the aftermath of the revelations of Novak Djokovic’s lawyers on a positive Covid-19 test in mid-December, those in the government say that the legal fight started by the Serbian champion to stay in the country is doomed to failure.
In 13-page long conclusions made public this Sunday, January 9, Australian government lawyers highlight the fact that the Serbian champion is “Not vaccinated”. However, unvaccinated people are more likely to infect other people and therefore increase the workload of health systems, they point out.
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Hostile to vaccines, Djokovic obtained an exemption from compulsory vaccination to enter Australia on the grounds of a positive Covid-19 test on December 16 in Serbia (after a first contamination in June 2020), according to his lawyers. But, according to the Australian federal authorities’ vaccination exemption forms, a previous Covid-19 infection is not a valid reason not to be vaccinated.
Tested positive for Covid on December 16, Djokovic participated in an event on the 17th without wearing a mask
A hearing is scheduled for Monday morning
Lawyers consulted by Australian Home Secretary Karen Andrews also reject the argument that Djokovic was not treated fairly by the customs officer who greeted him.
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According to them, the Serb had all the time necessary to explain his case to the immigration officer at Melbourne airport and also had the time to contact his lawyers beforehand, contrary to his assertions. “This visa application must be refused”, therefore plead the lawyers of the Australian government.
Djokovic’s lawyers claim he contracted Covid-19 in December
Djokovic, 34, had his visa canceled on arrival in Melbourne mid-week and has since been returned to a city detention center, the Park Hotel. At a public hearing scheduled for Monday morning, federal judge Anthony Kelly is due to examine the appeal of the world No. 1, who made the trip to participate in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, which begins on January 17.