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NOW: Djokovic detained forward of Australia visa listening to


Novak Djokovic of Serbia rests throughout a follow session forward of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis event at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia on 14 January. (Diego Fedele/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Tennis star Novak Djokovic will likely be detained once more by Australian authorities Saturday earlier than his case to remain in nation is heard earlier than the Federal Court. 

The resolution was made throughout an emergency listening to earlier than Judge Anthony Kelly within the Federal Circuit and Family Court on Friday, following Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s resolution to cancel Djokovic’s visa for a second time.

The tennis star will likely be interviewed by the Australian Border Force at 8 a.m. Saturday native time (4 p.m. ET Friday) at an undisclosed location “agreed between the parties” within the case.

At that time, Djokovic will likely be formally detained by two border power officers and escorted to his legal professionals’ workplace whereas his case is heard within the Federal courtroom. 

The location the place Djokovic will likely be met by border officers will stay secret to be able to hold the tennis star secure and forestall “a media circus.”

“We have a genuine concern about security and a potential media circus,” Djokovic’s barrister Nick Wood advised the courtroom when imploring Judge Kelly to permit Djokovic to be handed over to frame officers in personal. 

Novak Djokovic v Minister for Immigration, because the case file is understood, was formally transferred from the Federal Circuit Court to the Federal Court of Australia late Friday evening native time.

Justice David O’Callaghan will now oversee the case, with an preliminary listening to scheduled at 10:15 a.m. Saturday native time (6:15 p.m. ET Friday). 

Wood advised the courtroom that the Immigration Minister had used his private energy to cancel the 34-year-old’s visa primarily based on grounds he would “excite anti-vax sentiment” ought to he stay in Australia, describing it as a “radically different approach” within the authorities’s argument. 

“The underlying new rationale is not a direct risk to others, it’s that Mr Djokovic being in Australia, in Melbourne in particular, by being here will excite anti-vax sentiment. That’s the point. A radically different approach,” Wood mentioned. 

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