Shock twist in Novak Djokovic case as Serbian embassy reveals tennis superstar has a diplomatic passport – so could it change EVERYTHING?

By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia

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Novak Djokovic has a special diplomatic passport that should guarantee he is treated ‘adequately’ by Australian border officials, according to Serbian officials.

Serbia’s Australian embassy confirmed Djokovic holds both a standard passport and a diplomatic passport he received to compete in his country’s 2011 Davis Cup team.

The passport should ensure the 34-year-old receives ‘adequate treatment’ when crossing borders around the world.

But a migration expert said Djokovic should not expect the Australian government to consider his diplomatic status when deciding whether or not to cancel his visa.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also explicitly states on its website that diplomatic passport holders do not have any special rights or privileges. 

Novak Djokovic pictured with his wife Jelena. Serbian officials said he has a special diplomatic passport that should guarantee he is treated ‘adequately’ by Australian border officials

Macpherson Kelley lawyer Kian Bone said the passport only conferred diplomatic immunity on Djokovic if he was entering Australia on official state business.

‘Any claim for diplomatic immunity is only extended to ‘diplomatic agents’ and would not extend to a private citizen of Serbia,’ he told The Herald Sun.

More to come 

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