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Soccer player pleads for Thailand to not send him to Bahrain


Added 02-03-19 09:45:02pm EST - “The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service…” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Soccer player pleads for Thailand to not send him to Bahrain”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Detained Bahraini soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi, front left, arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Al-Araibi has said he fled his home country due to political repression and human rights groups and activists fear he risks torture if he is sent back. Bahrain wants him returned to serve a 10-year prison sentence he received in absentia in 2014 for vandalizing a police station, which he denies. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal.

BANGKOK (AP) — A soccer player who has refugee status in Australia has pleaded for Thailand to not send him home to Bahrain, which is seeking his extradition to serve a prison sentence for a crime he denies.

Hakeem al-Araibi spoke as he arrived Monday at the Bangkok court hearing his case. He said, “Don’t send me to Bahrain. Bahrain won’t defend me.”

Soccer governing bodies and rights activists have urged Thailand to let him return to Australia where he lives and plays for a semi-professional team.

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