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Australian Open: Agent 007 to stop Djokovic

Australian Open: Agent 007 to stop Djokovic

Michael Outram, with a long history in international operations against crime, was the one who prevented the entry of ‘number one’ into Australian territory.

Michael Outram, Commissioner of the Border Force.GARY RAMAGE

No one passes over the Australian barrier held by the superagent Michael Outram. Well, hardly anyone. Because only the younger brother of the Hollywood star did Zac efron. It was in April of last year, when the borders were still hermetically closed. The actor’s brother, Dylan, got an exemption from the New South Wales state government.

That did not please the thousands of Australian citizens who remained stranded abroad without being able to return to their country. But Outram, guardian of the borders of the Pacific nation, questioned before an audience of politicians in Canberra, justified the entry of the little Efron by saying that he came up with a mega project that would leave more than two million dollars to the depleted film industry. of the country. But several senators accused Outram of putting the rich and famous before Australian families who were trapped abroad.

Michael Outram is the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force, an agency of the Home Office known by its acronym ABF. It was created seven years ago by merging the Customs service with the department in charge of immigration matters. Outram, who began his career as a policeman in London in the 1980s, has been the agency’s boss since 2018.

Anti-terrorism brigades

Before that, he led covert operations against drug trafficking, prosecuted multiple corruption cases, commanded counter-terrorism brigades on the ground, worked with intelligence agencies around the world, and headed the national witness protection program. For all this he received, in 2014, the Australian Police Medal. It is one of the national profiles most similar to the figure of agent 007 of Ian Fleming.

This week, Outram is the one who had the final say in deciding that Novak djokovic would not enter Melbourne with the exemption to the vaccination requirements, signed by a single doctor, and initially approved by the authorities of Victoria, the state where Melbourne is located, and officials of the country’s tennis federation. Victoria’s ABF agents detained and interrogated No. 1, then canceled his visa and sent him to a hotel in the city until Monday, when a court will rule whether he is allowed to stay and defend the title of champion at the Open de Australia or whether to be deported.

But the agency that Outram runs has already said that federal authorities are studying not only expelling the tennis player, but also the possibility of banning his entry to Australia for the next three years. A possible last movement in which some statements by Djokovic’s father have had a lot to do with his son being in Australian captivity and having become the symbol and leader of the free world.

Majority rejection

Mr Djokovic is not being held captive in Australia because he is free to leave at any time he decides to do so and the country’s Border Force will surely make it easier for him, the Australian Home Secretary replied, Karen andrews. Djokovic continues to receive an abrupt rejection and criticism from the vast majority of Australian citizens, who have complied with the strict rules to prevent the spread of Covid, managing to maintain one of the lowest death rates in the world.

Citizens of Australia (a country that has more than 684,000 infections and 2,300 deaths), who have endured long confinements in their homes and for months faced strict limits to leave or return to Australia, demanded to know if the Serbian champion had received special treatment from the sports and political authorities of the country.

Criticism has not been spared Craig tiley, director of the Australian Open, who so far has not spoken since the Djokovic case broke out in his country. A silence that symbolizes for many the failure of their organization and the mismanagement of the case by the Victorian government, which initially allowed the tennis player to enter the country with an exemption that was not valid for those responsible for border policy. federal, led by the decorated agent Outram. Tiley has revealed that only a handful of waivers were granted out of 26 applicants, some of which the ABF has said are now under review following the cancellation of Djokovic’s entry permit.

Reference from elmundo