Soccer player who fled Bahrain may be extradited after arrest in Thailand

Hakeem Al-Araibi, who fled Bahrain in 2014, was once arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok November 27 all over a holiday to Thailand along with his spouse.

The executive of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau, Surachet Hakpal, advised CNN that Al-Araibi was once arrested at the request of Bahrain when he arrived on the airport. He was once given an Interpol “pink understand” — a global arrest warrant — which isn’t intended to be given to refugees.

Al-Araibi was once detained for seven days on the Immigration Bureau’s headquarters in Bangkok. Then, regardless of the pink understand being lifted, Thailand’s Legal Courtroom prolonged his detainment for every other 12 days on December four.

It’s anticipated that on Friday, December 7, the courtroom will come to a decision whether or not an arrest warrant must be issued, and if it is granted then the extradition procedure will start for Al-Araibi, Hakpal mentioned.

Bahrain’s executive didn’t in an instant reply to CNN’s request for remark.

Hakpal mentioned Bahraini government knew that Al-Araibi was once arriving to the rustic that day and asked Thailand’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs assist to detain Al-Araibi. The Thai Ministry of Overseas Affiars knowledgeable its Immigration Bureau.

“They are going to have their very own investigation staff, I believe,” Hakpal mentioned.

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Amnesty Global launched a observation on December four, calling on Thai government to finish Al-Araibi’s detention.

“Hakeem’s lifestyles shall be at risk if he’s deported to Bahrain,” Disaster Campaigner for Amnesty Global Australia Diana Sayed mentioned within the observation, including that he’ll “virtually surely” face imprisonment and torture.

“As a identified refugee with licensed go back and forth paperwork he must by no means had been detained. We’re happy to listen to reviews of the Pink Realize being lifted — however regardless of this — the Thai government proceed to detain him.”

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People Rights Watch (HRW) mentioned Al-Araibi was once sentenced in absentia to 10 years imprisonment all over an ordeal in Bahrain all over 2014. He had additionally been up to now arrested and tortured in November 2012, allegedly for his brother’s political actions, in accordance HRW.

“A former participant of Bahrain’s nationwide football staff, he has spoken out a couple of senior Bahraini authentic’s observe of torturing footballers who take part in demonstrations,” the observation mentioned.

“He has spoken publicly about his torture pointing out, “they blindfolded me (… and) beat my legs in reality exhausting, announcing: ‘You are going to now not play football once more. We will be able to spoil your long run.’ “

HRW additionally asked that Thai immigration government in an instant liberate Al-Araibi.

“Handing him over to Bahrain could be a heartless act that blatantly violates Thailand’s responsibilities to offer protection to refugees and opens Bangkok as much as a chorous of global grievance,” HRW Asia Director Brad Adams mentioned in a observation.

Al-Araibi escaped in 2014, People Rights Watch says, and was once identified as a refugee via Australia in 2017.

He lately is a participant on Melbourne’s Pascoe Vale Soccer Membership.

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