Hawke's Bay Today

Al-Araibi free from jail

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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.

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