Aussie Border Force officials are investigating whether the tennis star falsely claimed he had not visited another country in his application to fly to Oz.
The anti-vaxxer claims to travel that he hasn’t been abroad in 14 days before landing in Oz – but the photos show him in two different countries around that time.
On its website, the Home Office warns that providing “false or misleading information” to the government is “a serious offense” and carries a penalty of imprisonment.
“If convicted, the maximum penalty is 12 months in prison,” it said.
Tennis runner-up Djokovic – who is based in Monte Carlo – was filmed playing tennis on the street in the Serbian capital Belgrade on December 25.
An image shared on Twitter also showed him beaming alongside handball player Petar Djordjic in Belgrade on the same day.
A few days later, the 34-year-old is said to have filmed a training session in Spain on December 31 and posed for a group photo the same day.
Djokovic also met the footballer in Marbella, Spain, with his brother Marko and a coach on January 4.
Those dates fall in the 14-day period before the defending Australian Open champion lands in Melbourne late on January 5, flying from Spain via Dubai.
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But in his Australian Travel Statement – released yesterday by a federal court – Djokovic checked the box affirming that he was NOT traveling prior to arrival.
Australian Border Force officials are currently investigating whether Djokovic lied on his visa forms.
Candidates are warned in the form: “Note: Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. You may also be subject to civil penalties for giving false or misleading information.”
Djokovic told border officers that Tennis Australia completed the declaration on his behalf, but the officer who canceled his visa noted that the sport agency would facilitate it based on information the person had. provided with a visa.
Under his oath, Djokovic left Spain on January 4 and had a stopover in Dubai before landing in Melbourne late on the night of January 5.
The timing means Djokovic will have to be in Spain from 11:30pm on December 22 AEDT, or 1:30pm Spain time to comply with the no-travel rule for the next two weeks. on arrival in Australia.
But social media posts seem to show him in Serbia after this date.
The tennis star’s new threat of deportation comes as a minister considers whether to revoke his visa again after it was reinstated by a judge.
Djokovic is not vaccinated back to training in Melbourne yesterday hours after being released from custody after winning his visa battle.
He was back on Tuesday for closed practice, the doors were locked and only his support team was allowed into the Rod Laver Arena.
Aerial images taken by Australian television networks from a helicopter show the nine-time Australian Open champion back to work, less than a week before the first Grand Slam tournament of the year kicks off. head.
The ministerial powers could be used to revoke Djokovic’s visa again and order his expulsion from the country, resulting in him being banned from competition for three years.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke can use “personal discretion” to proceed with another revocation.
The Australian government confirmed Mr. Hawke is still considering whether to cancel Djokovic’s visa or not.
A spokesman said: “Following due process, Secretary Hawke will review the matter thoroughly.
“Because of the ongoing matter, for legal reasons, it is not appropriate to comment further.”
Despite still facing being dropped from Oz, Djokovic insists he wants to stay and compete.
The world number one tennis player tweeted on Monday: “I am so happy and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation.
“Despite everything that’s happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen. I’m still focused on that. I flew here to compete at one of the most important events we’ve seen. I have before great fans.
“I can’t say more right now but THANK YOU all for standing with me through all this and for encouraging me to stay strong.”
Djokovic shared his message along with a photo of himself training at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne just hours after he was released from immigration detention.
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