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Bahrain reaffirms right to pursue legal action against refugee footballer

Jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi leaves Thailand’s Criminal Court, in Bangkok, Thailand February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain said it has taken note of a “halt of legal proceedings” against refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was released from a Thai jail on Monday after Bahraini authorities abandoned their bid to seek his extradition. Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a 10-year jail sentence imposed on Araibi in absentia by a Bahraini court remained in place and reaffirmed its right to “pursue all necessary legal…

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McLaren announces Bahrain Merida pro cycling partnership

Vincenzo Nibali is part of the Bahrain Merida team The McLaren Group says the aim is “to be the best in professional cycling” after signing a deal to become a 50% partner in the Bahrain Merida team. McLaren has a team in Formula 1 and are one of the most famous names in motorsport. The announcement comes on the same day broadcaster Sky said it is to withdraw backing Team Sky at the end of 2019. Bahrain Merida was founded in 2017 and has 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo…

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Refugee footballer fights extradition to Bahrain

Image copyright Mark Avellino Photography Image caption Mr Al-Araibi claims he will be tortured if extradited A Bahraini footballer is facing extradition from Thailand, despite international calls for his release. Hakeem Al-Araibi, 25, who holds refugee status in Australia, was detained in Bangkok last month on an Interpol warrant put out by Bahrain. He was sentenced in Bahrain for vandalism but denies the charges. Australia, football’s governing body Fifa and rights groups have condemned his arrest as there are fears for his safety if he is sent back to Bahrain.…

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Bahrain opposition leader sentenced to life in prison

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sheikh Ali Salman, pictured in 2014, has been in prison since 2015 Bahrain’s opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been handed a life sentence after the Court of Appeal found him guilty of spying for Qatar. The ruling comes just months after the Bahraini High Court of First Tier acquitted Salman of the charge of “colluding” with the rival state. Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in 2017. Human rights group Amnesty has described the decision as a “travesty of justice” amid Bahrain’s “continued crackdown on…

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