Novak Djokovic was taken into custody on Saturday by immigration officials as he fought the Australian government’s efforts to deport him.
Court documents filed by his lawyers confirmed that as of 9:19 a.m. in Melbourne, he was being held in immigration detention, awaiting a court’s ruling on whether he can remain in Australia.
Djokovic was allowed to remain at his residence up until Saturday morning with immigration officials, according to a judge. After that, he was taken into police custody and taken to the office where he was escorted.
Australian news outlets reported Saturday afternoon that Djokovic had been taken to the Park Hotel in Melbourne. He was there for several days after his first attempt to enter the country. Australia also holds asylum seekers and refugees in Australia under a highly-criticized detention program.
On Sunday morning, border officers are expected to escort Djokovic back to his attorney’s offices for a hearing in which both sides will lay out their cases.
Djokovic can’t be deported until the appeal is over, according to the judge. It is not clear if he would leave the country voluntarily. His lawyers didn’t return email requests for comment on Saturday.
Djokovic’s lawyers, worried about the media storm around his case, have sought to keep his location secret. A judge ruled that both Djokovic’s attorneys and the immigration department had to agree upon his whereabouts.
On Friday, Djokovic’s lawyers unsuccessfully argued that he should be kept out of immigration detention for the duration of the appeal.
Source: NY Times