A courtroom in Thailand on Monday accepted a authorities request to drop the extradition case towards a soccer participant who confronted being despatched again to his native Bahrain, the place he mentioned he would more than likely be jailed and tortured. The transfer paves the best way for the participant, Hakeem al-Araibi, to return to Australia, the place he has refugee standing.
Mr. al-Araibi, 25, who had been a star defender for the Bahraini nationwide soccer workforce, fled the small Gulf nation in 2011 throughout a crackdown on Arab Spring protesters. He mentioned he had been tortured by authorities safety forces. He now performs soccer for a minor workforce in Melbourne, Australia.
After his arrest in November at an airport in Bangkok, the place he and his spouse had traveled for his or her honeymoon, he turned the main focus of lobbying by diplomats, outstanding sports activities figures and a social media marketing campaign below the hashtag #savehakeem.
A lawyer for Mr. al-Araibi mentioned she anticipated he could be launched from custody later Monday night and fly again to Australia as quickly as his departure was accepted.
“That is one of the best end result,” mentioned the lawyer, Natalie Bergman. “It ought to have occurred from the start, however later is healthier than nothing.”