Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is asking Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison why Novak Djokovic is being harassed in Australia.
On Friday, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers to cancel the visa of Djokovic.
Serbian President Vucic reacted to the news by posting a four-minute clip on Instagram that was titled “Support for Novak Djokovic and response to the Prime Minister of Australia.”
“If you wanted to forbid Novak Djokovic to win the [Australian Open] trophy for the 10th time, why didn’t you return him immediately, why didn’t you tell him that it was impossible to get a visa?” Vucic asked in the clip, as quoted on ABC.
“Why do you mistreat him, why do you torture him, as well as his family and [a] nation that is free and proud?
“Is all this necessary to win the elections and please your public?
“A president of a small country has appeared who has the courage to say that to one great prime minister of a large country — I can because I’m telling the truth and you know I’m telling the truth.”
Djokovic’s visa cancelled for the second time
After landing in Australia, Djokovic’s visa was cancelled and he was detained.
Djokovic appealed the decision and on Monday won his case in court.
After getting his visa reinstated, Djokovic went to Melbourne Park.
Vucic couldn’t believe Immigration Minister Hawke revoked Djokovic’s visa after it was reinstated by the judge.
“They often preach to us about the rule of law,” Vucic added.
“You can imagine what it would look like if a minister in Serbia annulled court decisions,
“They showed us what an independent judiciary looks like, but they also showed us what an irrelevant judiciary looks like, because all the power there is in the hands of the executive.”
Djokovic wasn’t immediately placed in detention but he is expected to be detained on Saturday morning.