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Hakeem al-Araibi returns home to Australia after Thai detention

BBC     12th February, 2019 10:39:21 printer

Hakeem al-Araibi returns home to Australia after Thai detention

 

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has returned home to Australia following his release from a Thai jail.

 

The Bahraini national was detained for over two months in a Bangkok prison after he was arrested on an Interpol notice issued by Bahrain.

 

The Arab kingdom ended extradition attempts on Monday, following an international human rights campaign.

 

Hundreds of supporters cheered the arrival of the 25-year-old footballer at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday.

 

The 25-year-old footballer, a vocal critic of Bahrain authorities, had fled to Australia in 2014 where he was granted political asylum.

 

While in Australia, Bahrain sentenced him to 10 years for vandalising a police station, charges which he has denied.

 

Human rights activists had warned that he could face torture if sent back to the Arab kingdom.


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