Djokovic’s expulsion temporarily suspended, the Serb placed in detention on Saturday before the hearing scheduled for Sunday: relive our live

What you must remember :

– The Minister of Immigration has decided to assert his right to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa. Judge Anthony Kelly therefore convened a hearing to hear the lawyers for both parties.

– As expected, Djokovic’s lawyers challenged the cancellation of his visa on a reason deemed irrational.

– The Australian government, through its lawyers, has undertaken not to expel the Serb before the final decision has been made.

– Djokovic was not taken into custody this Friday. He must present himself to the immigration services this Saturday morning in Melbourne, where he will be heard before being held until the end of the procedure. The world number one will have the right to consult his lawyers throughout the procedure to prepare for the hearing scheduled for this Sunday.

– It is the Federal Court that will decide the fate of Djokovic in the last resort. This will meet on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in Melbourne (midnight in Belgium).

Relive our live

– 1:25 p.m .: Novak Djokovic will be interrogated and detained in an undisclosed location. The judge added to the order the phrase “any other place agreed by the parties” to indicate the exact place where he will be questioned and detained until the final hearing.

– 1:20 p.m .: If he has the right to play, Djokovic will enter the fray this Monday, the Australian Open announced. Knowing that the case should not be judged before Sunday, this will only leave him a maximum of 24 hours to prepare for his meeting against his compatriot Kecmanovic.

– 1:10 p.m.: The hearing is again suspended. Uk is past one in the morning in Australia.

– 12:55 p.m.: The hearing resumed. Judge Anthony Kelly asked Djokovic’s lawyers to file a formal request as soon as possible against the cancellation of the visa, at the same time asking the lawyers of the Minister of Immigration to undertake not to deport the Serb before a final decision is made.

– 12:15 p.m.: The hearing is temporarily suspended by Judge Anthony Kelly. The latter believes that it should be clarified if “Djokovic had a medical exemption, if he had already sent his travel declaration to Australia and if he had been authorized to enter the country.”

On the other hand, he considers that the argument of the Minister for Immigration, stipulating that the pandemic has had a serious impact in the world and including in Australia, should not intervene in this case.

– 12:05 p.m .: This Saturday, Novak Djokovic will have to report to the immigration office. According to several sources, he should return to detention again, probably again at the Park Hotel where he had already been detained for several days. It is during the hearing this Sunday that the Serb will know if he can participate in the Australian Open or if he is expelled.

– 11:50 a.m.: The Australian government, through the lawyer representing the Minister of Immigration, took the floor in turn. He explained that Alex Hawke is ready to commit not to expel Djokovic until the final decision is made. He wants the Serb to report to immigration tomorrow and said whatever happens he will be able to get access to his lawyers. Which means the world number one will not be sent off immediately. This confirms the statements of Djokovic’s lawyer, who declared that his client had not been deprived of his liberty.

– 11:45 am: “The cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa was guided by strong anti-vax sentiment,” said his lawyer Nicholas Wood. He claims that the Minister of Immigration did not take into account his client’s medical file: “Djokovic is a person with medical contraindications to vaccination”.

He then went on to explain that, for him, Djokovic represents “a negligible risk for others”.

– 11:40 am: In parallel with the hearing still in progress, Andy Murray reacted in a press conference after his qualification for the final of the Sydney tournament: “I’m not going to sit down and roll him more in the mud while he’s already down. I said it the other day, this situation is not pleasant for anyone.”

– 11:25 a.m .: Djokovic’s lawyer requests a precautionary measure against his expulsion. The aim is to block the expulsion of the Serb from Australian territory by again canceling the visa cancellation. His lawyer explains that he can file a formal request before 10:15 p.m. (Australian time, or 12:15 p.m. in Belgium) stressing that time is “precious” in this “extraordinary situation”, because the Australian Open begins this Monday.

In addition, Djokovic’s lawyer criticized the very late decision taken by the Minister of Immigration, at 6 p.m. in Melbourne.

– 11:10 am: The floor was given to representatives of Novak Djokovic. The latter’s lawyer confirmed that he had not yet been deprived of his liberty. “They have no intention of arresting my client again tonight,” he explained.

– 11:08 a.m .: Anthony Kelly talks about an interim order that would delay his deportation. It would be a short temporary order until Saturday 4 p.m. Especially since Djokovic was called to an interview this Saturday at the immigration office.

– 10:45 a.m.: The hearing begins with a reminder of the procedure and in particular the first hearing on Monday by Judge Anthony Kelly.

– 10:30 a.m.: An Australian judge will hold an emergency hearing on Djokovic on Friday, Australian federal judicial authorities announced a few hours after the announcement of the cancellation of the Serbian player’s visa. The hearing led by federal judge Anthony Kelly, who had already overturned the first cancellation of Djokovic’s visa, is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. local time (10:45 a.m. Belgian time).

The world number 1’s visa was canceled again on Friday by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. The minister explained that he used his discretionary ministerial powers to personally decide to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa, “on health grounds and in the public interest” after the world number 1 won his case before a court of justice in beginning of the week rejecting a first cancellation.

De facto, Novak Djokovic now finds himself in an illegal situation on Australian soil and must therefore be, according to the procedure, returned to a detention center, before deportation, pending the decision of the federal judge on Friday.

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Djokovic’s expulsion temporarily suspended, the Serb placed in detention on Saturday before the hearing scheduled for Sunday: relive our live