Aussie refugee confident
THE lawyer for an Australiabased refugee soccer player facing extradition from Thailand to Bahrain is confident they will win the case based on the Gulf country’s poor human-rights record and the real threat to her client’s life.
Nadthasiri Bergman, who has represented many refugees in Thailand, met Hakeem AlAraibi, 25, on Friday night to discuss his court hearing after a Bangkok court issued a warrant for his arrest.
“I strongly believe that the Thai court should not extradite him to Bahrain because there is a lot of solid evidence of human-rights abuse,” Bergman said. AlAraibi has been held by Thai immigration police since November 27 after Bahrain requested his detention over a 2012 attack on a police station. A former member of the Bahrain national football team, he fled to Australia in 2014 and was granted refugee status after claiming he was subjected to torture and threats.