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Footballer fears for his life: Help me!

Hakeem al-Araibi may die.

According to his own statements he has already undergone torture in their home country of Bahrain, and he ends up there again, is the risk of dying significantly.

Right now he finds himself in a prison in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, where the authorities have placed him, after he was arrested at the airport 27. november, when he arrived with his wife in order to keep bryllupsferie.

at the time Of writing is waiting for al-Araibi, on a consultation that will determine whether he will be extradited to Bahrain, who have applied for it, because al-Araibi is sentenced to a term of imprisonment of ten years.

According to the protagonist is the punishment politically motivated and takes its starting point in the demonstrations associated with The Arab Spring in 2011, where he as only a 17-year-old was developing into a very interesting player with great potential. However, he was arrested and detained for three months, even though it really was his brother, the police had in the pipeline.

In november 2012, he was arrested by the authorities and charged with vandalism against a police station, even though he refused, and documented, that he had participated in a football match, since the vandalism took place. In total, detained him for 45 days, where he was subjected to torture.

For the German tv station ARD, he has told: - they used The three hours to hit my legs hard while they said that 'we will break your bones, destroy your future, you are never going to play football again with the ben'.

It came to pass, however, and al-Araibi was later released on bail.

he managed to escape and came to Australia in 2014, where he has resided ever since, though the regime in Bahrain has sentenced him to imprisonment in absentia. Here he was in 2017 granted asylum, and wrote the ago contract with the club Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne.


According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) Bahrain is not Interpol's rules, in an attempt to get him extradited.

It writes the Minky Worden, director of Global Initiatives, in a post on the HRW's website.

I spoke with al-Araibi in december from his cell, before they moved him to another prison and deprived him of his phone, she writes, quoting him:

Bahrain is a country without human rights. My life is in danger.

Supposedly, the Bahraini royal family to be after him, because he has spoken publicly about the authorities ' torture of athletes in the country.

- the Bahraini government's interest in al-Araibi provided are not consistent with the crime committed in Bahrain. It is only political persecution. As a refugee, he should not be extradited to Bahrain. It is clear. It should be the end of the story, she writes.

Photo: Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

Photo: Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

Photo: Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

Human Rights Watch asks, very appropriately, why he was arrested, when Australia had already granted him asylum.

And he was afraid. The arrest has not just blown his honeymoon – possibly his life.

FIFA has already responded by sending Federico Addiechi, head of sustainability and human rights in connected, to Bangkok, to the hearing this week.


But Human Rights Watch will have Gianni Infantino on the track.

- President Gianni Infantino ought to speak in his (al-Araibi, red.) behalf. FIFA ought to turn the table and point out the real risk of extradition in the form of persecution and violations of international law and FIFA's own human rights, they write.

In this context, it is worth to note that the vice-president in the very same FIFA called Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa and is a member of the Bahraini royal family.

It turns out, of course, the sparks and make the Infantino in a precarious situation. It benefits neither al-Araibis situation, that he has been after that particular Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa and accused him of failing to stop the persecution and the torture of athletes who participated in the demonstrations in Bahrain in 2011.

Sheikh Salman has as vice-president of FIFA has a responsibility to speak out and stop the delivery, and he does also, if he otherwise is concerned on behalf of asian football, writes Minky Worden.


A couple of other prominent gentlemen have also volunteered in the choir.

In Copenhagen, they could probably walk unnoticed down through the main shopping street, but in Australia is the stars. Dr. Richard Harris and Dr. Craig Challen is famous down under for the to have been a part of the international team, who saved 12 children and their football coach from a cave in Thailand last summer.

The two divers were in the country of origin are rewarded with the title as Australian of the Year 2018.

Harris and Challen has written a letter to Thailand's prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, where they, with backing from the australian foreign ministry calls for release of Al-Araibi.

According to foreign minister Marise Payne Australia has now involved ’at the highest level’ with the thai government to ensure his return to Melbourne as soon as possible.

- I did it myself when I was in Bangkok last month. There are legal avenues that must be followed, but we follow it closely, she says to the newspaper The Guardian, adding that the australian authorities have ensured that the al-Araibis lawyer is best placed to do its work...

Pictures of al-Araibi wearing shackles and just toes on the way to a hearing were minister Scott Morrison to write to his thai colleague for the second time.

- I have written to him again, because the images of Hakeem shook me up the other day. It was hard to see, found he was facing the Sky News.

- I have reminded the thai prime minister that australians feel very, very strongly for it here, said Morrison.

the Case has got the attention of several notables in the world of international football. Including Gary Lineker, Didier Drogba, and the former captain of the australian national team, Craig Foster.

the Latter will meet with Scott Morrison to discuss the matter, as he is expected to travel to Geneva to meet with representatives of the united nations.

Meanwhile, al-Araibi then sit in his cell and wait and hope. According to the prosecutor's office in Bangkok can he possibly sit there until august, before coming to a judgment.

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