The world number one Novak Djokovic has been released from detention after winning a stunning victory Monday over the Australian government and overturning their cancellation of his visa on Covid-19 health grounds.
In an emergency online court hearing, the judge ordered that the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa “be quashed”.
The judge ruled that the unvaccinated tennis superstar is hereby released and must be allowed to remain in America.”Such release must occur no later than 30 minutes after the making of this order,” he added.
Australian taxpayers will be asked to foot the bill for Djokovic’s high-powered legal team.
The government’s lawyer told the court that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke may decide to use his “personal power of cancellation” despite the player’s legal victory.
After touching down in Australia, Djokovic was taken into an overnight interview with border agents, who decided the champion had failed to present a solid medical reason for not being jabbed.
Djokovic’s visa was revoked and he was moved to a notorious immigration detention facility pending deportation.