Australia must act over player’s arrest, say FIFA
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.