Hakeem al-Araibi: Bahrain says refugee footballer's life is not in danger

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Exclusive: Government defends efforts to have dissident extradited from Thailand, where he was arrested despite being a refugee

Hakeem al-Araibi’s life is not under threat and he could appeal his conviction if he returned to Bahrain, the Bahraini government has said in its first significant response to the international outrage at its efforts to reclaim the dissident refugee.

Al-Araibi, who is a permanent resident of Australia, has been detained in Bangkok for almost two months while Thai authorities process an extradition request from Bahrain. The 25-year-old has said he fears Bahrain authorities will imprison and torture or possibly kill him if he is returned.

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