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Refugee Bahraini footballer, freed from Thai jail, says ‘I love Australia’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer who was held in a Thai prison for more than two months at the Gulf state’s request arrived in his adoptive home Australia on Tuesday, television pictures showed, to cheers and the great relief of his wife. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was released from prison in Bangkok on Monday. Authorities in Bahrain accused Araibi of crimes committed during the Arab Spring protests of 2011, charges which he denied. “Australia is my country.…

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‘He is a free man’: refugee Bahraini footballer heads home to Australia

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a flight for Melbourne early on Tuesday after Bahrain dropped its bid to have him extradited from Thailand, bringing to an end a case that had drawn international criticism. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November last year at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport while on a honeymoon trip, following an Interpol notice issued at the Gulf state’s request. He was seen chatting happily before boarding a…

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Refugee Bahraini footballer boards plane leaving Thailand for Australia: Reuters witness

FILE PHOTO: Jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi leaves Thailand’s Criminal Court, in Bangkok, Thailand February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha BANGKOK (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a plane in Thailand early on Tuesday that would fly directly to Melbourne, where he has lived since 2014 and plays for a local football club. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, boarded a Thai Airways flight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport shortly after midnight, according to a Reuters witness. He was seen talking happily as he walked past the…

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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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‘He is a free man’: Thailand releases refugee Bahraini footballer after extradition bid dropped

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand on Monday freed a jailed refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition, and immigration officials said he was immediately driven to the airport. A police car believed to be carrying Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi is pictured as it leaves the Bangkok’s Remand Prison, Thailand, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November last year at a Bangkok airport while…

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Thailand to free refugee Bahraini footballer after extradition bid dropped

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand will free by the end of Monday a refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia who was arrested more than two months ago, a prosecutor in the case said, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition. A police car believed to be carrying Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi is pictured as it leaves the Bangkok’s Remand Prison, Thailand, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November at…

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Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer

Image copyright AFP A football player and refugee whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry will be freed after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request, officials say. Hakeem Al-Araibi, who is a Bahraini citizen, fled to Australia in 2014 and was granted political asylum. He was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol notice requested by Bahrain. He had travelled to the Thai capital on honeymoon. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years for vandalising a police station. Al-Araibi, 25, denies the charges and human rights activists say he…

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Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum A Saudi teenager who fled her family and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention. She said she had…

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Saudi woman’s refugee campaign sparks online debate

A Saudi woman’s online campaign for asylum has ignited debate online about women’s freedom in Saudi Arabia. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had her passport seized after fleeing her family. To avoid being deported she barricaded herself in a Thai hotel room and started tweeting about her ordeal. The UN’s Refugee Agency has since referred her case to Australia for consideration for resettlement. Some online users from Saudi Arabia have been critical of her actions. Source link

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Saudi woman ‘given refugee status’

A Saudi woman who fled her family and refused to leave a Bangkok hotel given refugee status by UN, Australia says This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source link

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