Novak Djokovic news LIVE: Serb may face five years in prison, agent blamed for visa error
By SEAMLESS DAILY
13 January 2022
australia's border force, the nation's immigration officials, said on tuesday they were investigating whether he had made a "false declaration"- which would be grounds for a visa cancellation.
djokovic, who is unvaccinated, had his visa revoked on january 6 after landing in australia due to question marks over his vaccine exemption that would have permitted him to enter.
Djokovic was then held at a detention hotel in Carlton, Melbourne for five days as he waited to find out whether he would be allowed into the country.
but a judge dramatically overturned the decision and ordered the release of the player from detention.
But the government has not ruled out further action- and the possibility remains that the country's immigration minister could cancel his visa for a second time just days before the tournament begins.
Djokovic has also owned up to breaking his period of isolation, despite staying masked and socially distanced, to do an interview two days after testing positive on December 16.
Tennis star Novak Djokovic has admitted there were mistakes on his immigration forms and to meeting a journalist despite testing positive for Covid, as Australia mulls deporting him.
Alex Hawke could cancel the visa based on prior Covid infections not counting as an exemption.
But Djokovic's visa could also be cancelled on "character grounds" based on an investigation into his arrival form and potential breaches of Serbia's Covid rules.
The 34-year-old Belgrade-born tennis player is chasing a record-breaking 21st grand slam victory at the Australian Open beginning on Monday, but could yet be deported by the government which is unhappy with his medical exemption from inoculation.
Djokovic also admitted making a false declaration on his travel form prior to entering Australia and said his team has provided additional information to authorities.
He said his agent had made a mistake when filling in a section of the form that covered his recent travel history.
The form stated that he had not travelled in the 14 days before his arrival in Australia.
"My agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box," he wrote.
"this was a human error, but will the border force officials accept that?
Djokovic said that he had taken a rapid antigen test before attending both events and was only notified that his PCR was positive after attending the awards ceremony on 17 December.
In his statement Djokovic addressed two points.
The first is about his Covid 19 infection.
While admitting he broke isolation rules does not affect his deportation prospects it certainly doesn't look good.
He's since been released from detention but it is still unclear if he will be able to play in the Australian Open beginning on January 17.
it's one of the biggest tournaments.
Maddern has since apologised to her bosses for badmouthing the world number one.
Novak Djokovic could face a fine or even prison in Serbia after his admission that he broke isolation while he had Covid last month, lawyers have said, as the Serbian prime minister warned his behaviour appeared to be "a clear breach" of the rules.
Djokovic on Wednesday acknowledged that he knew he had tested positive when he attended a newspaper interview and photoshoot in the Serbian capital on 18 December, saying in a statement on social media he had made an "error of judgment".
In an affidavit to the court, Djokovic said he was "tested and diagnosed" as having contracted Covid on 16 December.
Earlier this week, Brnabić told a pro-government paper she was "sleeping with my mobile phone" in case she got a call about the case.
"It was really important for me to express concern over the issue.
We have agreed to stay in communication with Australian representatives," she said.
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