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Australia prepares case to DEPORT Novak Djokovic

The Australian authorities is making ready its case to deport Novak Djokovic after he admitted to attending an occasion and interview in Serbia after testing Covid-positive.

Australia’s Department of Home Affairs’ investigation was widened in the present day to embody his breach of isolation necessities in Serbia, incorrect statements given on his journey declaration type and inconsistencies on the date of his COVID-19 check. 

The tennis world no. 1 is at present in Melbourne combating for an opportunity to retain his Australian Open title subsequent week, however remains to be dealing with the prospect of deportation after days of authorized battles and uncertainty.

Djokovic’s hopes had been dented additional in the present day because it was reported the investigation had been widened, a call that got here after he posted a prolonged social media publish apologising for the breach in Serbia, in accordance to The Sydney Morning Herald. 

Djokovic is also dealing with hassle at house. Under Serbian regulation, the place anybody Covid constructive should isolate for 14 days, a breach of the measures can carry a most sentence of three years behind bars.

And in Australia, mendacity on journey documentation may end up in a 12-month jail sentence, whereas offering false info to to the Federal Circuit Court below the Crimes Act can carry a most jail sentence of 5 years. 

This could possibly be of concern to the tennis star, who wrote in a sworn courtroom affidavit he was ‘examined and identified’ for Covid on December 16 – contradicting his declare he was instructed of his constructive consequence on the seventeenth after attending the occasion with kids.

Pictured: Novak Djokovic in Marbella taking part in soccer on a tennis courtroom along with his brother on January 4. Djokovic left for Melbourne later that day, however his consultant stated on his journey declaration type that he wouldn’t journey outdoors Serbia in 14 days earlier than arrival in Australia

December 17: The maskless tennis World No. 1 posed for photos with the youngsters in Serbia at a public PR occasion. He stated on Wednesday he did not know he had Covid till after the occasion

The Australian authorities is now making ready its case to deport Novak Djokovic (pictured in Melbourne in the present day) after he admitted to attending an occasion and interview in Serbia after testing Covid-positive

Djokovic has been the topic of intense scrutiny for presenting awards to kids at a tennis occasion within the Serbian capital Belgrade on December 17 – a day after testing constructive to the virus, and for attending an interview the next day.

He can also be below fireplace for making a false declaration earlier than touchdown in Australia, an offence punishable by up to 12 months in jail. Djokovic claimed in his social media publish on Wednesday that his agent stuffed within the type.

In answer to the question: ‘Have you travelled, or will you journey, within the 14 days prior to your flight to Australia?’ Djokovic’s agent chosen ‘no’, regardless of the participant being in Spain within the days prior to his departure to Australia.

There are additionally unanswered questions over when the 20-time Grand Slam winner truly realized he had Covid, with German publication Der Spiegel casting doubt on his PCR check after QR Code info was uncovered that ‘didn’t match up’. 

Separate to Australia’s Department of Home Affairs’ investigation, immigration Minister Alex Hawke stated in the present day he’s contemplating cancelling Djokovic’s visa.

In an replace to Australian media, Hawke’s spokesman acknowledged receiving ‘prolonged additional submissions’ from the participant’s legal professionals.

‘Naturally, this can have an effect on the timeframe for a call,’ he stated. Hawke is predicted to hand down his resolution on Thursday.

Novak Djokovic, pictured along with his spouse Jelena, has hit out at ‘misinformation’ over claims he examined constructive to Covid after which attended an occasion with kids

Djokovic stated he attended a basketball sport on December 14 after which discovered a number of individuals on the occasion had examined constructive to the virus. Pictured: Djokovic reacts throughout a basketball match between Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and FC Barcelona at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall on December 14, 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke (pictured) is predicted to hand down his resolution on Thursday with bureaucrats from the Department of Home Affairs’ investigating inconsistencies within the tennis star’s story

The Serbian star flew into Melbourne every week in the past claiming a vaccine exemption due to a constructive PCR check consequence on December 16. Unvaccinated travellers are banned from Australia until they’ve a legitimate exemption.

Border brokers rejected his exemption saying a current an infection didn’t qualify, tore up his visa and positioned him in a detention centre.

But the vaccine-sceptic Djokovic’s high-powered authorized group dramatically overturned the visa resolution in courtroom on Monday on a procedural matter associated to his airport interview, giving the participant hope he would struggle for a file twenty first Grand Slam.

Djokovic, who’s a vaccine sceptic, tried to deal with a variety of issues concerning the scenario in a prolonged assertion posted to his Instagram web page on Wednesday, however a number of questions nonetheless stay.

The tennis star admitted attending an occasion with kids whereas he was Covid constructive, however stated he did not know he was contaminated till shortly afterwards as he addressed questions on his constructive Covid check in mid-December.  

The 34-year-old lashed out at ‘misinformation’ and claimed it wasn’t till after the occasion that he realized he was Covid constructive.

But the Serbian did personal up to then conducting an in-person interview with French newspaper L’Équipe understanding he was constructive, a mistake he put down to an ‘error in judgement’.

He additionally admitted his agent made an administrative error and by accident ticked an incorrect field about his journey historical past. 

In his prolonged publish, Djokovic wrote: ‘I need to deal with the persevering with misinformation about my actions and attendance at occasions in December within the lead-up to my constructive Covid check consequence.

‘This is misinformation which wants to be corrected, notably within the curiosity of assuaging broader concern in the neighborhood about my presence in Australia, and to deal with issues that are very hurtful and regarding to my household.’

Djokovic stated he attended a basketball sport on December 14 after which discovered a number of individuals on the occasion had examined constructive to the virus. 

He stated he took a fast antigen check, which got here again adverse, after which an official PCR check the identical day ‘out of an abundance of warning’.

DECEMBER 25, SERBIA: A photograph uploaded to Twitter on Christmas Day exhibits Djokovic with handball participant Petar Djordjic in Belgrade

DECEMBER 31, SPAIN : Video uploaded by a tennis coaching academy on New Year’s Eve purports to present Djokovic coaching in Marbella

JANUARY 2, SPAIN: Another picture uploaded to Twitter by a fan seems to present Djokovic coaching in Marbella final week

LEFT – JANUARY 4, SPAIN: Novak Djokovic in Marbella taking part in soccer on the tennis courtroom along with his brother Marko and the coach earlier than going to Australia. RIGHT – JANUARY 5, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic stands at a sales space of the Australian Border Force on the airport in Melbourne on January 5 after arriving from Spain, through Dubai

In answer to the question: ‘Have you travelled, or will you journey, within the 14 days prior to your flight to Australia?’ whoever stuffed out Djokovic’s journey declaration type chosen ‘no’. That means the 34-year-old tennis participant would have wanted to stay in the identical nation since December 21. But social media photos appeared to present that he was in Belgrade, Serbia, on December 25 after which in Marbella, Spain, from December 31 till catching his flight to Australia, through Dubai, and touchdown in Melbourne on January 5

The Serbian claimed he solely discovered about his constructive PCR consequence within the hours after the Belgrade tennis awards occasion.

‘The subsequent day, on 18 December I used to be at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fulfil a long-standing dedication for a L’Équipe interview and photoshoot,’ he stated.

‘I cancelled all different occasions apart from the L’Équipe interview.’ 

Djokovic admitted the choice to comply with via with the interview was an ‘error of judgement’. 

‘I felt obliged to go forward and conduct the L’Équipe interview as I did not need to let the journalist down, however did guarantee I socially distanced and wore a masks besides when my {photograph} was taken,’ he stated.

‘When I went house after the interview to isolate for the required interval, on reflection, this was an error of judgment and I settle for that I ought to have rescheduled this dedication.’ 

Djokovic additionally blamed an administrative error on his Australian journey declaration for deceptive officers about his journey within the weeks earlier than he arrived in Melbourne.

The tennis star flew to Spain after which onto Australia earlier than being detained by border officers final Thursday, however checked ‘no’ to a journey declaration type question about journey within the 14 days earlier than touchdown in Melbourne.

‘This was submitted by my help group on my behalf – as I instructed immigration officers on my arrival,’ he stated.

‘My agent sincerely apologises for the executive mistake in ticking the wrong field about my earlier journey earlier than coming to Australia.’

Djokovic stated the error was a ‘human error’ and in a pandemic ‘typically these errors can happen’.

‘Today, my group has supplied further info to the Australian authorities to make clear this matter,’ he stated. 

In the ultimate web page of his Instagram publish, Djokovic stated he can be making no additional remark ‘out of utmost respect for the Australian authorities’.

Djokovic wrote in a sworn courtroom affidavit he was ‘examined and identified’ for Covid on December 16 – contradicting his declare he was instructed of his constructive consequence on the seventeenth after attending the occasion with kids in Serbia. 

The penalty for offering false info to to the Federal Circuit Court below the Crimes Act can carry a most jail sentence of 5 years.  

But the inconsistencies do not cease there.        

DJOKOVIC COMES CLEAN ABOUT HIS COVID TESTS AND VISA DEBACLE 

I need to deal with the persevering with misinformation about my actions and attendance at occasions in December within the lead-up to my constructive Covid check consequence.

This is misinformation which wants to be corrected, notably within the curiosity of assuaging broader concern in the neighborhood about my presence in Australia, and to deal with issues that are very hurtful and regarding to my household.

I need to emphasise that I’ve tried very exhausting to guarantee the protection of everybody and my compliance with testing obligations.

I attended a basketball sport in Belgrade on 14 December after which it was reported that a variety of individuals examined constructive to Covid-19. 

Despite having no Covid signs, I took a fast antigen check on 16 December which was adverse, and out of an abundance of warning, additionally took an official and accepted PCR check on that very same day.

The subsequent day I attended a tennis occasion in Belgrade to current awards to kids and took a fast antigen check earlier than going to the occasion, and it was adverse.

I used to be asymptomatic and felt good, and I had not obtained the notification of a constructive PCR check till after that occasion.

The subsequent day, on 18 December I used to be at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fulfil a long-standing dedication for a L’Équipe interview and photoshoot. I cancelled all different occasions apart from the L’Equipe interview.

I felt obliged to go forward and conduct the L’Équipe interview as I did not need to let the journalist down, however did guarantee I socially distanced and wore a masks besides when my {photograph} was taken.

Djokovic is pictured throughout a coaching session at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.  

When I went house after the interview to isolate for the required interval, on reflection, this was an error of judgment and I settle for that I ought to have rescheduled this dedication.

On the difficulty of my journey declaration, this was submitted by my help group on my behalf – as I instructed immigration officers on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the executive mistake in ticking the wrong field about my earlier journey earlier than coming to Australia.

This was a human error and positively not deliberate. We live in difficult instances in a world pandemic and typically these errors can happen. Today, my group has supplied further info to the Australian authorities to make clear this matter.

While I felt it was necessary to deal with and make clear misinformation I cannot be making any additional remark out of utmost respect for the Australian authorities and their authorities and the present course of.

It was all the time an honour and a privilege to play within the Australian Open. The Australian Open is much-loved by gamers, followers and the group, not simply in Victoria and in Australia however across the globe, and I simply need to have the chance to compete towards the most effective gamers on the planet and carry out earlier than among the best crowds on the planet.

Djokovic is seen throughout a follow session forward of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Wednesday

The unvaccinated star’s account of how he discovered he had the virus comes amid a bombshell German information report concerning the Serbian’s check information.    

Der Spiegel highlighted a sequence of doable inconsistencies in official information concerning the Serbian world primary’s PCR check outcomes from final month.   

Djokovic was instructed he may fly into Melbourne on the premise he examined constructive to the virus in Serbia on December 16 after which adverse six days later.  

But Der Spiegel claims when its reporter entered the code for his December 16 check into the official Serbian well being database at 1.19pm on Monday, the consequence got here again adverse. 

An hour later at 2.33pm, the scan returned a constructive consequence – in what may merely be a quirk of the system.

A adverse consequence would have invalidated Djokovic’s declare to enter Australia on a brief working visa for the event.

His constructive check consequence has additionally been known as into question by a discrepancy within the identification numbers used for each check.

The German investigation discovered Djokovic’s December 16 check consequence had the ID quantity 7371999, however his adverse consequence on December 22 was 7320919 – 50,000 areas decrease. 

Researchers claimed the mismatched identification numbers confirmed Djokovic may very well have examined adverse on December 16 after which constructive six days later.

Such a consequence would have additionally made the Serbian ineligible to enter Australia on the grounds he had lately contracted and recovered from the virus on December 22, as claimed on official documentation.

Daily Mail Australia shouldn’t be suggesting Djokovic or his group had been concerned in any wrongdoing, merely that there are questions surrounding the executive error.  

The Serbian admitted he then carried out an in-person media interview with French newspaper L’Équipe understanding he was constructive, a mistake he put down to an ‘error in judgement’

A German information web site claims when it entered the code for Djokovic’s December 16 check into the official Serbian database at 1.19pm on Monday, the consequence got here again adverse (left) after which constructive about an hour later (proper)

It comes as Djokovic’s entry into Australia as an unvaccinated participant was questioned by World No. 38 Marton Fucsovics, who accused the Serbian of skirting the principles to play within the Grand Slam. 

Fucsovics this week fired a shot at Djokovic over his resolution not to get vaccinated, declaring the 34-year-old was ‘discovering a manner round guidelines’.

‘People’s well being is paramount, and there are guidelines that had been outlined months in the past, particularly that everybody ought to vaccinate themselves – and Djokovic did not,’ Fucsovics stated.

‘From this standpoint, I don’t suppose he would have the correct to be right here.’ 

British tennis legend Andy Murray on Tuesday stated there are nonetheless ‘a number of questions to be answered’ by Djokovic over his visa debacle.

‘There are nonetheless a number of questions that want to be answered across the isolation and stuff, which I’m certain we’ll hear from him within the subsequent few days, however I’m clearly right here to attempt to play and win tournaments,’ he stated.

‘He received in courtroom, which is nice. Looks like he’s going to give you the option to play and compete within the Australian Open, which we do need the most effective gamers there, however like I stated, I believe there’s nonetheless a number of questions to be answered.’

Djokovic’s mom has additionally opened up concerning the Australian Open visa exemption debacle – and claimed he ‘did not know’ he was contaminated with Covid-19 whereas pictured attending public occasions in Serbia final month. 

British tennis legend Andy Murray stated there are nonetheless ‘a number of questions to be answered’ by Djokovic over his visa debacle. Murray is pictured celebrating profitable a match on the 2022 Sydney International on Tuesday

Dijana Djokovic claims her son ‘did not know’ he had Covid whereas attending occasions within the following days, regardless of courtroom paperwork confirming the constructive PCR check.

Photos present the tennis star hugging kids at an occasion on December 17 earlier than  attending the Serbian National Postal Service launch of his personal stamp.

‘He did not know, most likely, he did not know as a result of when he realised he was constructive then he go to isolation,’ she instructed Sunrise on Wednesday from Belgrade.

‘I actually can’t say but it surely’s possibly the most effective is to ask him.’

Ms Djokovic opened up on the heavy toll her son’s visa saga has had on the remainder of household again house, describing the final week because the ‘most tough time for us’.

‘We by no means have, even in my worst goals thought that one thing like this was going to occur,’ she stated.

‘So truthfully, for a number of days, we weren’t even sleeping so we’re actually drained and attempting to do our greatest to unfold the phrase about what’s going on.’

Djokovic pictured at his first full follow session on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday after he spent 5 days holed up in immigration detention

Despite his profitable courtroom enchantment to keep, Djokovic should be booted from the nation with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke but to determine whether or not to use his personal powers to cancel his visa for a second time.

Australian Border Force has additionally launched a recent investigation into whether or not the Djokovic lied on a journey declaration type earlier than getting into the nation.

His mom remains to be ‘very apprehensive’ he should be deported by authorities forward of subsequent week’s Australian Open as she issued an impassioned plea to let her son keep.

‘I used to be studying within the newspapers there’s nonetheless the chance they might deport him so I’m very apprehensive and I realise that this isn’t over but and we’re all praying that he’ll keep,’ she stated.

‘I hope everyone seems to be considering the identical.

‘Don’t throw him out, he’s a tennis participant, he isn’t politician, he isn’t a felony, he isn’t a assassin, he is only a tennis participant, the most effective on the planet, simply let him play and present what he is aware of.’

‘He got here to Australia to play and to win the Australian Open, that is his objective.’

Dijana Djokovic (pictured) opened up about her son’s ongoing visa saga to Channel Seven’s Sunrise  on Wednesday morning

She does not suppose it is truthful Mr Hawke should deport Djokovic.

‘The Honourable Judge Kelly made the choice he was free so I can’t perceive why one man could make the opposite resolution…… however I do not know your legal guidelines in your nation so I actually do not perceive,’ she added.

Ms Djokovic additionally defended her son’s sturdy stance on vaccination and respects his resolution to not get the jab.

‘As mom I am unable to strain him,’ she stated. 

‘I do not know what the issue is that if he does not need to get vaccinated – that’s his selection,’ she stated.

‘Each individual on this world has the chance to make this selection, that is like human rights.’

Ms Djokovic then slammed the principles banning gamers from collaborating within the Australian Open until they’re absolutely vaccinated or have a medical exemption.

‘I do not perceive this regulation that provided that you are vaccinated you may play,’ she stated.

Dijana Djokovic claims her son ‘did not know’ he had Covid whereas attending occasions (pictured on the Serbian National Postal Service launch) within the following days of a constructive PCR check on December 16

‘It’s not that I’m towards vaccination, in fact I’m not, however in case you’re vaccinated, it isn’t that you simply’re shielded from the coronavirus.

‘Lot of people that have two or three vaccines get sick.

‘Are they afraid he is going to cough on the courtroom? It’s foolish.’

She added her son is as hungry as ever to win his tenth Australian Open title and change into the primary males’s tennis participant in historical past to win 21 grand slam titles. 

‘Now he has extra energy and energy to win this, as a result of he needs to present everyone on the planet why he’s the most effective on the planet,’ Mrs Djokovic stated. 

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