Aus­tralia must act over player’s ar­rest, say FIFA

The Weekend Post - - World -

THE in­ter­na­tional foot­ball as­so­ci­a­ton wants a player who has refugee sta­tus in Aus­tralia to re­turn “at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble mo­ment” rather than be ex­tra­dited from Thai­land to Bahrain.

For­mer Bahrain in­ter­na­tional Ha­keem Al-Araibi (pic­tured) was de­tained at Bangkok air­port last week af­ter an In­ter­pol war­rant for his ar­rest was is­sued.

World foot­ball’s govern­ing body, FIFA, said it now ex­pects his case “to be solved in ac­cor­dance with well-es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional stan­dards” and has asked Aus­tralian foot­ball of­fi­cials to ur­gently “take the mat­ter up with their gov­ern­ment.”

Araibi was granted asy­lum sta­tus by Aus­tralia in 2014 af­ter be­ing sen­tenced in ab­sen­tia by the Bahraini courts to 10 years jail for van­dal­ism. He claims he was ar­rested in 2012 and tor­tured by au­thor­i­ties.

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