Immigration

Australia-based refugee footballer held in Thailand faces extradition

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Hakeem Alaraib, who holds refugee status in Australia has been arrested in Thailand for a court to rule on his extradition to Bahrain.

Police in Thailand say a footballer who holds refugee status in Australia has been officially arrested for a court to rule on his extradition to Bahrain, the country he fled.

Immigration Police chief Major General Surachet Hakparn said on Friday that Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali Alaraibi, who was detained upon entry at Bangkok's international airport on November 27, is held according to law on request from Bahrain's government.

A date for the court hearing has not been made public.

Mr Alaraibi was sentenced in absentia in Bahrain in 2014 to 10 years in prison for allegedly vandalising a police station, a charge he denies.

He has said he was tortured in Bahrain after a 2012 arrest and fled in 2014 to Australia, which granted him political asylum last year.

He has publicly criticised Bahrain's royal family's alleged involvement in sports scandals.

 

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