Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer
A soccer participant and refugee whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry will likely be freed after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request, officers say.
Hakeem Al-Araibi, who’s a Bahraini citizen, fled to Australia in 2014 and used to be granted political asylum.
He used to be detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol realize asked by means of Bahrain. He had travelled to the Thai capital on honeymoon.
He used to be sentenced in absentia to 10 years for vandalising a police station.
Al-Araibi, 25, denies the costs and human rights activists say he may face torture if despatched again to Bahrain. He has been a vocal critic of Bahraini government.
His case has been taken up by means of high-profile footballers, with stars together with Didier Drogba and Jamie Vardy calling for his free up. The Australian executive, Fifa and the International Olympic Committee all lobbied Thailand
Thailand’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG) requested the courtroom to finish lawsuits towards Al-Araibi as a result of Bahrain had stated it not sought after him, officers informed BBC Thai on Monday.
“This morning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed us that Bahrain was no longer interested in this request,” OAG overseas administrative center leader Chatchom Akapin stated.
Craig Foster, a former Australian nationwide soccer captain and TV host who spearheaded the marketing campaign to free Hakeem, stated there have been “tears” in his family “right now”.
Al-Araibi performs for Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne.
Last month, his spouse informed the BBC that extradition would put him at risk.
“I’m calling on every country to help Hakeem because I know if he gets taken back he will be tortured, and he will be killed,” she stated.
But Bahrain stated al-Araibi were sentenced by means of an impartial judiciary “on charges involving serious violence and criminality, unrelated to any possible freedom of opinion/expression issues”.
It stated his protection can be “guaranteed” if he returned to Bahrain to enchantment towards the sentence.