Djokovic wins case, allowed to leave detention during court hearings

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has won his case against Australia, and has been allowed to leave his immigration detention facility during the ongoing court hearings regarding his case.

Djokovic’s decision to not take the COVID-19 vaccine has landed him in hot water with the Australian government. Having landed in the country, he was immediately apprehended by the authorities, who sent him to a detention facility.

The Serbian also had his visa cancelled by the federal government after he failed “to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia”.

However, Djokovic has now won his case and subsequently been allowed to leave his detention facility during the ongoing court hearings.

Judge Anthony Kelly made the decision to allow the 20-time Grand Slam winner to be taken to a confidential location. The directive is that he is set “to remain there until the conclusion of each hearing”.

“A professor and an eminently qualified physician have produced and provided to the applicant a medical exemption,” he said, as quoted by SBS News.

“Further to that, that medical exemption and the basis on which it was given, was separately given by a further independent expert specialist panel established by the Victorian state government.

Novak Djokovic at the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 2, 2020.
Djokovic (pictured) at the 2020 Australian Open. Source: AAP

“What more could this man have done?”

Technicalities

“There is no suggestion that the applicant had ‘acute major medical illness’ in December 2021,” Djokovic’s medical documents said.

“All he has said is that he tested positive for COVID-19. That is not the same.”

However, the Australian government lawyers have asked Judge Kelly to reject anything the tennis superstar’s lawyers might come up with. They even asked the court to be prepared in case he does win his case, and to make it known that they have every right to detain him again.

“An order for immediate release does not prevent re-detention if there is power to detain,” submissions on behalf of Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said.

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