FTBL: CORRUPTION, PRESS-THREATS AND $400 MILLION STANDING BETWEEN HAKEEM AND FREEDOM

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The story of Hakeem Al-Araibi, an Australian refugee who was on a honeymoon with his wife in Thailand, then captured by Interpol and detained in Bangkok since November is as unique as it is baffling. Hakeem’s previous conviction relates to vandalising and firebombing a police station, which he denies, saying he was participating in a …

AP: Australia praises Thai move on Saudi, concerned about player

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BANGKOK (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister praised Thailand for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention. Marise Payne met with senior Thai officials in Bangkok …

The Sydney Morning Herald: Thai cave heroes join push to free refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

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Thai cave heroes Richard Harris and Craig Challen have written to Thailand’s Prime Minister calling for the release of Australian-based refugee Hakeem al-Araibi. The two Australians of the Year, who played pivotal roles in rescuing 12 trapped boys and their football coach last year, sent a private letter in recent days as the Melbourne footballer …

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS CALL FOR RELEASE OF AUSTRALIAN REFUGEE FOOTBALLER

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Hakeem al-Araibi, the Melbourne based refugee, and elite soccer player was arrested at Bangkok airport after stepping off a plane en-route to holiday with his wife.  His arrest followed the issue of an Interpol red notice from the Kingdom of Bahrain, his native country. The notice requested his immediate arrest and extradition to Bahrain where …

OutLook: Thailand frees Bahraini refugee footballer

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Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry, was released from prison on Monday after Manama withdrew its extradition request. Al-Araibi, a 25-year-old former member of Bahrain’s national football team, fled his home country for Australia in 2014 after he was accused of vandalising a police station. He was granted political …

Green Left: #SaveHakeem: Stop the deportation of a Bahraini refugee

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Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since last November 27. He faces the terrifying prospect of being deported to the country where he was tortured. Al-Araibi, a semi-professional footballer and former member of the Bahraini national football team,was on his honeymoon and had just landed in Thailand. Australian authorities alerted Thai …

The Guardian: Hakeem al-Araibi: Bahrain says refugee footballer’s life is not in danger

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s life is not under threat and he could appeal his conviction if he returned to Bahrain, the Bahraini government has said in its first significant response to the international outrage at its efforts to reclaim the dissident refugee. Al-Araibi, who is a permanent resident of Australia, has been detained in Bangkok for almost two months while …

AlJazeera: ‘A victory!’: Jubilation as freed footballer returns to Australia

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Friends, family and campaigners are celebrating Hakeem al-Araibi’sreturn home to the Australian city of Melbourne after Thailand freed the refugee footballer who had been held since November on an extradition request from Bahrain. After his flight touched down at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday afternoon, al-Araibi was met by hundreds of supporters, including members of his football club Pascoe Vale …

IRCT joins international calls for the immediate release of professional footballer and torture survivor, Mr Hakeem al-Araibi at risk of extradition to Bahrain and torture

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The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) is deeply concerned for the welfare of Mr Hakeem al-Araibi, who has been detained for 50 days in Thailand pending possible extradition to Bahrain. The detention of Mr. Al-Araibi, a 25-year-old Bahraini torture survivor and refugee with permanent residency in Australia, is particularly abhorrent because it was …