Legal team at the hearing: Djokovic originally approved to enter Australia without quarantine – Sport

The hearing of Novak Djokovic’s legal team started after midnight, with a delay, in the court in Melbourne, after which a decision will be made on whether the Serbian tennis player will be able to enter Australia and participate in the first Grand Slam of the season.

During the hearing, there were technical problems with the live broadcast all the time, which is why not all parts were available to the public. The transmission is available on this link.

At the beginning of the hearing, Judge Anthony Kelly questioned Djokovic’s legal team about the conversation with the customs officers during the landing at Melbourne airport and the reasons they gave for the revocation of his visa.

As Djokovic’s lawyers said, part of the problem with the abolition of visas is that several reasons are given for doing so.

Still, Judge Kelly is pointed out that the only reason given in the explanation for the abolition of visas was that in this case “the presence of a person approved in Australia represents or could pose a risk to health, safety or order in Australia as a community or part of that community”.

According to Djokovic’s lawyers, he had all the necessary medical documentation even before he boarded the plane.

According to the law of Australia, as they pointed out, he is obliged to show the delegates at their request only that he has a medical exemption, and not the reasons on the basis of which he received the exemption. However, he showed the delegates all the documentation.

They added that it was stated that Djokovic has not been vaccinated against coronavirus for health reasons so far, and that he received an answer from the competent authorities of Australia that he can enter the country without being quarantined.

Before the trip to Australia, Djokovic was approved to travel to that country for the upcoming tournament, based on the attached documentation.

“We received your Australian travel declaration on 1 January 2022. Your Australian travel declaration has been approved and you can enter Australia without quarantine,” the Australian Home Office told Djokovic before heading to Melbourne. team.

“What more could this man have done?” Judge Kelly asked as the defense explained what was happening at the airport.

According to the announcements from Melbourne, the decision, if it is made today, will not be announced before 5 o’clock in our time.

The car in which Novak Djokovic was in left the hotel in Melbourne around 11 pm, after which the police withdrew, writes RTS.

Photo: EPA-EFE/JAMES ROSS

According to today’s announcements, during the first two hours of the hearing, Djokovic’s lawyers will explain their complaint, after a three-hour break, the state representatives will present, and the final decision was announced at around half past seven in the morning.

Federal Court, specifically Judge Anthony Kelly, previously rejected the request of the Australian Governmentthat is, Interior Minister Karen Andrews, to allow them two more days to prepare the case.

Djokovic landed in Australia on Wednesday , but he was not granted a visa to enter the country, which is why he was placed in a hotel for asylum seekers, where he was awaiting a hearing scheduled for today at midnight CET.

According to the Australian Border Police, Novak Djokovic did not provide adequate evidence to meet the conditions for entry into Australia, which is why his visa was revoked.

According to documents published on the official website of the competent Australian institutions, the Serbian tennis player requested a medical exemption that allows him to enter Australia without receiving two doses of the vaccine, based on the fact that he recently contracted covid 19. According to the documents, he received a positive PCR test result on 16 December.

U documents submitted by his lawyers It is stated, among other things, that Djokovic received a visa in November, and a medical exemption in December, as well as that he received a document from the Department of Internal Affairs stating that he can enter the country without having to go to quarantine.


Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.

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