Western Sydney Wanderers support Hakeem Al-Araibi by hiding Thai Airways sponsorship

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

The shock move to release Araibi, rather than extradite him to the country of his birth, Bahrain, is a major surprise and one that will delight the thousands of people who have supported his quest for freedom.

The director-general of worldwide 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.

The extradition case against refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has been dropped and he is expected to be released from prison on Monday, Thailand's attorney-general's office has confirmed. He has denied those charges and says the case is politically motivated.

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

The player fled Bahrain in 2014 and now plays for semi-professional Melbourne-based club Pascoe Vale.

He said the extradition case against Mr Al-Araibi was dropped by the Criminal Court on Monday afternoon.

He eventually made it to Australia, where he was granted refugee status. He said he believed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active in Bahrain.

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