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Bahrain insists on extradition of detained footballer

28 January 2019, MVT 19:51
Former Australian football player Craig Foster (R) leaves the FIFA headquarters in Zurich next to Executive Director of the World Players Association Brendan Schwab (L) after handing over a petition to FIFA calling for Hakeem Al-Araibi to be freed on January 28, 2019 in Zurich. - Al-Araibi, a football player with refugee status has been detained in Thailand for nearly two months faces extradition over his alleged role in Bahrain's Arab Spring protests. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
28 January 2019, MVT 19:51

Bahrain insisted Monday on the extradition of a footballer with refugee status who has been detained in Thailand for nearly two months over his alleged role in protests in the Gulf state.

"(Hakeem) Alaraibi was arrested in Thailand and proceedings to extradite him to Bahrain are in process so that he can serve his sentence," said a government statement sent to AFP.

Alaraibi, 25, who played for Bahrain's national youth team, fled his homeland and was granted asylum in Australia where he plays semi-professionally in Melbourne.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP

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