MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne has urged Thai authorities on Sunday to release a footballer who holds a refugee status in Australia and who has been detained in Bangkok since late November.
Hakeem AlAraibi, a former member of Bahrain’s national soccer team who has been critical of the country’s government, was arrested in Thailand on Nov. 27 based on an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain’s request.
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AlAraibi was convicted of vandalizing a police station in Bahrain and sentenced to 10 years in prison in absentia. He has denied wrongdoing.
“Australia is concerned by the ongoing detention of Mr. Hakeem Ali AlAraibi and calls for his immediate return to Australia,” Payne said in a statement published on the ministry’s website.
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“Returning Mr. AlAraibi to Bahrain, from where he fled, would contravene his rights under international human rights law.”
At a court hearing on Friday, AlAraibi was served with a formal arrest warrant, which could pave the way for a possible extradition to Bahrain.
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