Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer

Lester Mason
February 11, 2019

Al-Araibi, a refugee who lives and plays for Melbourne-based Pascoe Vale in Australia, has been held in Thailand since November at the request of Bahrain after being arrested in Bangkok while on honeymoon.

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi will be freed from his Thai jail cell and allowed to return home to Australia.

The Wanderers won the match 2-0 - their first victory for two months - and received plaudits on social media for their decision to support Hakeem.

Al-Araibi, 25, denies the charges and human rights activists say he could face torture if sent back to Bahrain.


In November previous year, he and his wife flew to Thailand for their honeymoon, believing his Australian visa allowed him to travel safely, but they were detained immediately when they landed at Bangkok's Airport in response to an Interpol "red notice".

A Thai court approved the request to drop extradition proceedings, according to Chatchom Akapin, director general of Foreign Affairs for the Office of the Attorney General.

Former Socceroo Craig Foster tweeted, "thanks go to the wonderful people of Thailand for your support and to Thai Government for upholding global law".

On Monday evening, Foster tweeted his thanks to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Government.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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