Six-hour interrogation of Novak Djokovic at Melbourne airport

Details of Novak Djokovic’s nightmarish ordeal emerged after landing at Melbourne airport, where he was held for six hours in the middle of the night.

Novak Djokovic claims he was interrogated at Melbourne airport in the early morning of January 6, before his visa was revoked.

The 34-year-old Serbian tennis player, who previously said he had received permission to compete in the Australian Open, arrived in Australia after a 14-hour flight from Dubai on Thursday, where he was greeted by border guards who were holding him back. night in a room guarded by the police.

Court documents filed in Federal Court, revealed a schedule of his trials, claiming that the world’s number 1 was interrogated from 00:21 to 00:41 on Thursday before he was left stranded.

A few hours later, at around 4 a.m., he was informed that he did not have proper evidence to be exempt from the Covid-19 vaccination and that his visa was likely to be revoked.

Djokovic then asked if he could rest until 8 am and contact his advisers, to which a border guard said, according to court documents, “It’s okay, I’ve talked to my superiors and they’re more than happy.” to allow you to rest (sic). “

Another conversation took place around 6 a.m., Djokovic claims, where he was told he could rest until 8:30 a.m. It was at this stage that Djokovic fell asleep.

His sleep at the airport was short-lived: Djokovic claimed in documents that he was soon awakened by two warders, who pressured him to make him accept their visa cancellation decision before he could speak to his law team or tennis player. Australian officials.

He eventually relented, and by 7:42 am he was notified of the cancellation of his visa. Later, Djokovic was sent to a local hotel, best known for the detention of immigrants, where he remains.

“For several pages of the transcript, the warden put pressure on Djokovic to simply continue the interrogation immediately,” Djokovic’s lawyers wrote in a statement.

“Mr. Djokovic, having formed the opinion that“ (they) were about to cancel (his) visa, obviously gave in, feeling that he had no choice and based on an understanding based on what they told him that it was it would be better for him if the interview was done right away.

“When it comes to procedural justice or natural justice, the job of the law is to avoid practical injustice.

“Within the limits of the law, the delegate should have adopted a reasonable procedure in the circumstances in order to provide an opportunity to hear Mr. Djokovic.

“If the procedure adopted so limited Mr. Djokovic’s ability to defend his case as to constitute a practical injustice, it would be tantamount to a denial of the fairness of the procedure.

“Similarly, Mr. Djokovic tried to rest until 8:30 and talk with his advisers.

“The delegate told Mr. Djokovic that he might have this time. There was no compelling reason for the Delegate to deviate from this view – the delay of a few more hours did not prejudice the Respondent, Mr Djokovic’s request was reasonable and based on compelling reasons, and the consequences of a possible cancellation decision were very serious. serious. However, the Delegate has moved away from this view. “

Other documents, which were submitted to the court late Saturday night, revealed that Djokovic tested positive for Covid-19 on December 16 using a PCR test at the Serbian Institute of Public Health.

Court documents say Djokovic was granted “medical exemption from Covid vaccination” on the grounds that he had recently recovered from Covid.

Djokovic’s fate now depends on the courts, where his legal team will be argue your case on Monday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Australian Border Guard said Djokovic did not provide sufficient evidence to justify his exemption from vaccinations.

Djokovic relied on a certificate of exemption from Tennis Australia, issued under guidelines that players do not need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if they can confirm they have tested positive within the past six months.

Originally posted as Details of Novak Djokovic’s grisly interrogation at Melbourne airport in the early morning emerge

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