A judge ordered the release of tennis world number one Novak Djokovic from immigration detention on Monday – a shocking victory in his bid to remain in Australia.
After the state backed down on its decision to revoke the star’s visa, Judge Anthony Kelly abruptly ended days of legal wrangling.
Government lawyers suggest that Australia may still use its ministerial powers to remove Djokovic from Australia, which would result in a three-year ban.
As a result of a humiliating and highly publicized loss, lawyer Christopher Tran informed the judge that immigration minister Alex Hawke may step in. The minister was instructed to consider exercising his personal cancellation power.