Thailand to free refugee Bahraini footballer Hakeem al Araibi | Thailand Information
Thailand will free a refugee Bahraini footballer, arrested greater than two months in the past, after Bahrain deserted its bid to hunt his extradition, a prosecutor within the case mentioned.
Monday’s determination comes after the 25-year previous footballer Hakeem al Araibi was detained for weeks in Bangkok’s Klong Prem Remand Jail.
Bahrain wished him returned to serve a 10-year jail sentence he acquired in absentia in 2014 for an arson assault that broken a police station. Al Araibi denies these expenses.
“Please do not ship me to Bahrain,” al Araibi was heard shouting whereas strolling barefoot in the direction of Thailand’s prison courtroom on February four to battle again Bahrain’s request of extradition.
Al Araibi, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and acquired refugee standing in Australia, was arrested in November at a Bangkok airport whereas on a honeymoon journey following an Interpol discover issued at Bahrain’s request.
Nevertheless, Bahrain’s withdrawal of the request, lead a Thai courtroom to approve a movement by prosecutors to drop the case in opposition to the footballer, mentioned Chatchom Akapin, an official within the Thai Legal professional-Common’s workplace.
“The courtroom will now challenge an order to launch Mr Hakeem from jail in the present day,” mentioned Chatchom, the director-general of the workplace’s worldwide affairs division.
“There aren’t any grounds to carry him anymore. It’s his proper to determine the place he’ll go subsequent. He’s a free man.”
It was not instantly clear when Bahrain withdrew its extradition request. Thailand’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs mentioned it had no touch upon the case.
Al Arabi, who performed for the Bahrain nationwide staff, joined Pasco Vale, a Melbourne-based semi-professional membership after Australia granted him refugee standing in 2017.