UN urged to seek Australia-based Hakeem al-Araibi's freedom from Thai jail

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Rights groups say refugee footballer’s extradition to Bahrain would constitute an ‘unlawful refoulement’

Supporters of the Australia-based refugee Hakeem al-Araibi have petitioned the United Nations to seek the young footballer’s freedom from a Thai jail cell, where he awaits extradition to Bahrain over a conviction he says is politically motivated.

Al-Araibi has been in detention for more than two weeks after he was arrested at Bangkok airport after arriving for a holiday with his wife. A Thai court has ordered further detention of 60 days while it processes an extradition request from Bahrain, despite strident appeals from the Australian government to return Al-Araibi.

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