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The Latest: Thai court sets April hearing for soccer player


Added 02-04-19 02:22:02am EST - “The Latest on a detained soccer player's extradition case in Thailand (all times local):” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “The Latest: Thai court sets April hearing for soccer player”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BANGKOK (AP) - The Latest on a detained soccer player’s extradition case in Thailand (all times local):

A soccer player who has refugee status in Australia has told a Thai court that he refuses to be voluntarily extradited to Bahrain.

His home country has asked for his return to serve a prison sentence for a crime he denies committing.

Hakeem al-Araibi’s rejection of extradition means a trial will have to be held to determine whether Thai authorities will send him to Bahrain, where he fears he is at risk or torture, or release him so he can return to Australia.

His supporters say he should be freed, declaring that he is protected under his status as a refugee with Australian residency.

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