Refugee in dan­ger of tor­ture

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A REFUGEE soc­cer player who lives in Aus­tralia fears he will be tor­tured if he’s de­ported to Bahrain from Thai­land, where he was ar­rested while on hol­i­day.

Ha­keem AlAraibi, 25, was de­tained at Bangkok air­port on Novem­ber 27 on an In­ter­pol war­rant is­sued at the re­quest of Bahrain.

AlAraibi, who plays for semi-pro­fes­sional Pas­coe Vale in the Na­tional Premier Leagues Vic­to­ria, is ex­pected to face court as Thai im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties pro­ceed with ex­tra­di­tion to Bahrain.

“This might be my last mes­sage. I still don’t know whether I will be de­ported to Bahrain,” AlAraibi said.

“If I am de­ported to Bahrain, don’t for­get me.”

In 2014, AlAraibi was sen­tenced in ab­sen­tia to 10 years in pri­son for al­legedly van­dal­is­ing a po­lice sta­tion in Bahrain, which he de­nies.

He says he was over­seas play­ing a tele­vised match when the po­lice sta­tion van­dal­ism oc­curred.

Be­fore his ar­rest, he had been hol­i­day­ing in Thai­land with his wife and was due to fly back to Mel­bourne.

For­eign Min­is­ter Marise Payne said diplo­mats con­tin­ued to make strong rep­re­sen­ta­tions on his be­half.

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