Bahrain footballer to remain in detention: Thai court

first_img0Shares0000Hakeem Alaraibi has been held in detention in Thailand as Australia and Bahrain tussle over his fate © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHABangkok, Thailand, Dec 11 – A former Bahrain national footballer with Australian refugee status must remain in detention in Thailand as he awaits possible extradition, a Bangkok court said Tuesday, as campaigners say they fear he could be “tortured” if returned to the Gulf state.Hakeem Alaraibi says he was arrested and beaten at the start of the Arab Spring protests in Bahrain in 2012, and was granted refugee status in Australia five years later. The 25-year-old, who now plays for semi-professional club Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne, was stopped by Thai immigration on November 27 after arriving in Bangkok for a vacation with his wife and detained upon request from the Bahraini government, as Australia and Bahrain tussle over his fate.His lawyer Nadthasiri Bergman told AFP Tuesday the court has extended his time behind bars in Bangkok for 60 days.The attorney-general’s office would then file an application for his extradition, she said.“I think he has a good chance not to be extradited because we have evidence” that he will face abuses back in Bahrain, Bergman said.The court denied a bail request after the detention order. Speaking to reporters as he was led into court in the morning by immigration police, Alaraibi begged for the proceedings to be halted.“Immigration Thailand and Immigration Bahrain work together to send me back to Bahrain. But Australia stopped them. Please stop them,” Alaraibi said.“I don’t want to go back to Bahrain — I want to go back to Australia. I didn’t do anything in Bahrain. I’m a refugee in Australia.” Alaraibi left the court looking dejected by the day’s proceedings and his lawyer said he was “terrified”.Officials from the Australian embassy were present at the court as well for the hearing. The office of Thailand’s attorney-general on Friday submitted a request to the criminal court for an arrest warrant — a step forward in a process that could see Alaraibi extradited to Bahrain to face trial.He was convicted in absentia on charges of vandalising a police station in the Gulf state, but says he was out of the country playing in a match at the time of the alleged offence. Asia-Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) slammed Thai authorities for moving forward on their “callous plans” to extradite Alaraibi.“This is someone who fled his home country after being tortured, and there is every risk he will face the same treatment again if he is forced back,” said APRRN’s Evan Jones. Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne called for his “immediate return” and said that returning Alaraibi to Bahrain would be “in contravention of international human rights (standards) given his status”.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgCRAZED boy racers caused a sleepless night for hundreds of residents living along the Donegal Rally route.It’s understood Gardai are investigating a number of incidents overnight in which rally fans took to the roads to drive at speed.Donegal Daily has received reports of speeding boy racers on the Fanad peninsula into the early hours. There were also reports of speeding cars in and around Ramelton.Garda patrol cars were in the area overnight.“It started just after 1am and went on around here until well after 4 o’clock,” said one resident in Ballyare.“I don’t mind the rally at all; it’s good for the local economy. “But I absolutely despise the crazy little boy racers who think they can go out and drive in the same way in the middle of the night.”There were similar complaints in Fanad, with one resident in Portsalon claiming the speeding cars continued until dawn.“It’s the same every year,” she said.“I hate rally weekend. I get trapped into my house for the day and then at night we are afraid to go out because there are so many little idiots out showing off.”The rally continues today. CRAZED DONEGAL RALLY FANS BEHIND SLEEPLESS NIGHT FOR RESIDENTS was last modified: June 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CRAZED DONEGAL RALLY FANS BEHIND SLEEPLESS NIGHT FOR RESIDENTSFanadRameltonlast_img read more