Hakeem al-Araibi: Thai court orders refugee footballer’s release

A criminal court in Thailand dropped extradition proceedings against detained Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi on Monday.

Prosecutors submitted a court request to withdraw al-Araibi’s extradition case to Bahrain, where he faces a 10-year prison sentence. Court spokesman Suriyan Hongvilai said al-Araibi, who has refugee status in Australia, was now being processed for release.

Bahrain had attempted to extradite him after he was arrested in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport  in November while on his honeymoon. He received a 10-year prison sentence in 2014 for an arson attack that damaged a police station, charges he denies and which he says were politically motivated.

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dv/rt (dpa, AFP)

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