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Western Sydney Wanderers support Hakeem Al-Araibi by hiding Thai Airways sponsorship

Western Sydney Wanderers support Hakeem Al-Araibi by hiding Thai Airways sponsorship

A Thai court has ordered the release of refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain.

Al-Araibi was originally wanted by Bahrain over the vandalising of a police station in 2012.

The player's Australia lawyer Latifa Al-Haouli of Sabelberg Morcos Lawyers, told SBS News on Monday legal staff were working with Thailand's department of corrections to secure Mr Al-Araibi's release imminently.

Hakeem Al-Araibi, who is a Bahraini citizen, fled to Australia in 2014 and was granted political asylum.

Al-Araibi was arrested and detained last November, while on his honeymoon in Thailand at the request of the Bahraini government. He has been living in Melbourne, where he plays for a semi-professional football team.




The Bangkok court previously set an April 22 date for the next hearing.

The footballer had been sentenced to 10 years' jail in absentia by Bahrain for alleged vandalism, but he denies any involvement.

Foreign minister Marise Payne said there were still "a number of steps to go in this process" but said al-Araibi would hopefully be back in Australia in the next day or so.

The Australian government has repeatedly called for Araibi's return and the case has become a cause celebre in the football world, with FIFA also urging the Thai premier to intervene.

A court filing from Thai prosecutors had noted that while Thailand and Bahrain do not have an extradition treaty, extradition is still possible by law if Bahrain makes an official request - which it did - and if the crime is punishable by more than a year's imprisonment and is not politically motivated or a military violation. She said "a great deal" of work had gone on behind the scenes.


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