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Thailand: a footballer from Bahrain again in freedom

Two and a half months, the Thai authorities arrested a footballer from Bahrain. Now Al-Araibi was allowed to leave the prison. Organizations and celebrities were used for the 25-Year-old.

Thailand has left an Ex-professional football player from Bahrain. He sat for two and a half months in detention and was originally supposed to be in his home country deported. Now, the 25-year-old Hakim Al-Araibi was allowed to leave the prison in Bangkok.

Previously decided, a court in the Thai capital at the request of the public Prosecutor's office that the delivery is set proceedings against him. Apparently, the court was informed that Bahrain, by his request, was moved for the extradition of al-Araibis.

According to the media, Al-Araibi wants to report as soon as possible back to Australia, where he is now as a political refugee. Al-Araibi plays for the Australian second-tier club Pascoe Vale Melbourne football.

4. February 2019: Al-Araibi, according to a court appointment

arrest at the airport

Al-Araibi 2014 had fled from Bahrain to Australia. He has been persecuted in his homeland and for several months in pretrial detention, tortured, he says. After Thailand, he came to spend his honeymoon there.

At the request of Bahrain, he was at the end of November, however, on arrival at Bangkok's airport arrested. The authoritarian-ruled Kingdom in the Persian Gulf, accuses him to have during the Arab spring of 2011, riots also involved.

In absentia, he was sentenced to ten years in prison. Al-Araibi denies the allegations and called the investigation against him is politically motivated. To the alleged time of the crime he stood, according to its own information, at a football game that was broadcast live on television, on the square.

International solidarity

The case has made international headlines. The world Federation FIFA and the International Olympic Committee have called for his release. Several former and current professional footballers such as Gary Lineker, or Italy's national team-captain Giorgio Chiellini set for him.

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