Hakeem Al-Araibi to be released by Thailand court

Elias Hubbard
February 11, 2019

Thailand's attorney-general's office has dropped the extradition case against jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, media outlets in Australia are reporting.

The surprise decision on Monday ends more than 70 days of detention and worldwide outcry over Bahrain's attempts to return the 25-year-old dissident refugee.

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

He was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol notice requested by Bahrain.

The director-general of global affairs for the Thai Government confirmed to the ABC that the Attorney-General requested the case for Mr al-Araibi's extradition to Bahrain be dropped.

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

Bahrain wanted its former national team player to return and serve a 10-year prison sentence that was handed down in absentia after he was accused of vandalising a police station.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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