Publicado: Mar, Febrero 12, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer

Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer

Thailand freed a refugee Bahraini soccer player detained for the past three months after a court dropped his case Monday, allowing him to return to Australia instead of being extradited to Bahrain, where he feared for his life.

"We had a phone call from the Foreign Affairs Ministry this morning and they said Bahrain doesn't want him anymore", Chatchom said.

Chatchom Akapin, director-general of the International Affairs Department, said the Foreign Ministry had informed his office that Bahrain has chose to withdraw its extradition request, hence there is no reason to keep al-Araibi in detention.

Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November a year ago at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport while on a honeymoon trip, following an Interpol notice issued at the Gulf state's request. Araibi had said he faced torture if returned to Bahrain.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the Thai move.

Former Australia national team captain Craig Foster, who has been leading the campaign for Mr Araibi's release, praised all those who worked on the campaign.

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A Bahraini court sentenced him in absentia to 10 years in prison over claims by Bahraini authorities that he and a group of protesters attacked a police station with petrol bombs during the Arab Spring uprising.

He was detained upon his arrival in Bangkok in November while on a holiday at the request of Bahrain relayed through Interpol - from the worldwide police body's Australian office.

"They blindfolded me", he told the Times in 2016.

The Bangkok court previously set an April 22 date for the next hearing. There was no global reaction for previous renditions from Thailand of refugees and asylum-seekers to countries where campaigners said they risked ill-treatment. Having been dragged off his flight into detention on arrival on November 27, after a few days of detention at Suvarnabhumi Airport a ticket and a boarding pass was placed in his hands and they were prepared to return to Melbourne. "It is a commitment enshrined in our human rights policy", he said.

The detention of Araibi, who appeared with his feet in shackles at a court hearing last week, drew worldwide criticism, with Australian authorities and fellow footballers urging Thailand to release him.

Separately, BNA said Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa met Sunday with Thailand's foreign minister who was visiting the island.

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