Tennis star Novak Djokovic could end up in jail over allegations that he lied in his travel documents.
Despite stating otherwise, pictures have now surfaced which suggest that Djokovic visited two other countries just before his arrival in Australia.
The world’s number one tennis champion has been embroiled in a visa brouhaha that saw him put in detention after his visa was cancelled.
He took to court for redress and won, but the Australian government still wasn’t having it.
His visa was cancelled last week on the grounds that he’s unvaccinated, but this Monday, a judge ruled that the decision was “unreasonable”.
Although Djokovic has returned to practice with the Grand Slam less than a week away, Australian authorities have revealed that they still reserve the right to cancel his visa–again.
The Australian Border Force has now begun investigating whether Djokovic lied in his visa application documents.
He had maintained that he had not visited another country prior to flying to Australia, but indications have emerged that that may be an untruth.
His travel documents say he did travel at least 14 days before his trip to Australia but pictures exist that seem to prove he was in two different countries within that period.
Giving “false or misleading information” to the government is “a serious offence” in Australia.
In fact, “If convicted, the maximum penalty is imprisonment for 12 months,” the country’s home office website says.
While such cases of world stars having visa issues during global tournaments are not commonplace, covid seems to have exacerbated things.
While it remains to be seen how this will end, it will be sad for Djokovic to end up in jail like a common criminal.