Hawke's Bay Today
Al-Araibi free from jail
FOOTBALL: People power has guaranteed the release of Hakeem al-Araibi. The Bahraini footballer has been freed from a Thai prison after his native country withdrew its extradition request over vandalism charges. The 25-year-old, who’s been living in Australia, was detained in Bangkok in November on his honeymoon. He denies the charges, and several high-profile footballers called for his release alongside the Australian government, football’s governing body Fifa and the International Olympic Committee.