Aussie refugee con­fi­dent

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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