In this Thursday, November 29, 2018, image from video, Hakeem Al-Araibi speaks at Bangkok International Airport, Thailand. Australian officials raised with Thai authorities the plight of the Australia-based refugee professional soccer player who was detained in Bangkok and fears deportation to his native Bahrain, Australia's foreign minister said Friday, November 30, 2018. Rights groups are urging Thai authorities not to deport Al-Araibi to his homeland, where he faces imprisonment for what his supporters say are political reasons. Al-Araibi was detained at the airport on Tuesday. (SBS via AP)

‘I know I will be tortured’: Australian Bahraini dissident pleads to UN, Fifa as he faces extradition hearing in Thailand

  • Hakeem Al-Araibi fled the Middle Eastern nation in 2014 after he was arrested and tortured
  • He is now permanent resident of Australia after being granted refugee status in 2017, but was seized in Bangkok last month during a family holiday
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In this Thursday, November 29, 2018, image from video, Hakeem Al-Araibi speaks at Bangkok International Airport, Thailand. Australian officials raised with Thai authorities the plight of the Australia-based refugee professional soccer player who was detained in Bangkok and fears deportation to his native Bahrain, Australia's foreign minister said Friday, November 30, 2018. Rights groups are urging Thai authorities not to deport Al-Araibi to his homeland, where he faces imprisonment for what his supporters say are political reasons. Al-Araibi was detained at the airport on Tuesday. (SBS via AP)
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