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The Australian government wants to place Novak Djokovic in detention on Saturday


Australian authorities intend to order the return of world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic to detention as of Saturday morning, government lawyer Stephen Lloyd announced on Friday January 14.

The government wants the Serb to be released from detention only to attend, in the offices of his lawyers and under the surveillance of border police officers, the online court hearings concerning his case, Stephen Lloyd said.

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Djokovic will not be expelled from Australia until justice has been finally pronounced, had previously assured Stephen Lloyd during a hearing before a judge in Melbourne.

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This judge of the State of Victoria, Anthony Kelly, announced this Friday that he was relinquishing responsibility in favor of the Australian federal justice, despite the objections of the player’s lawyers who said they feared a slowdown in the procedure.

Judge Kelly had been seized by Djokovic’s lawyers in order to block the cancellation of the player’s visa, decided for the second time by the Australian Minister of Immigration on Friday.

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Djokovic has admitted to incorrectly filling in his declaration of entry into Australia, and not having respected the rules of isolation after he tested positive for Covid-19 in December – a contamination which he hoped would allow him to benefit from an exemption to enter Australia without being vaccinated.

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“Nole” had been deported on his arrival in Melbourne on January 5 and placed in a detention centre. But his lawyers had obtained from Judge Kelly on January 10 that he restore his visa and order his immediate release.

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Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, using his discretion in the matter, however, canceled Djokovic’s visa once again on Friday. “on health and public order grounds”.

The 34-year-old was aiming for a 10th title at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, and a 21st Grand Slam victory, which would be a record.



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