The Australian government has renewed calls for refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi to be released from detention in Thailand.
Thailand's attorney general is scheduled to hold a news briefing on the case later on Wednesday.
The letter said Al-Araibi had been prosecuted as a result of an allegation related to his "opposition to or criticism of the Bahraini government and his other alleged offences also constitute political character". "Bahrain won't defend me".
"Australia's national teams are united in their support for Hakeem al-Araibi and we call on the community to continue to campaign for his release", he added.
"Your wife sends her love!" All of Australia is with you.
Five years ago when Hakeem arrived in Australia, Hill interviewed the Bahrainian footballer, who at the time was very critical of Sheikh Salman, the current President of the Asian Football Confederation and member of the House of Khalifa, the Royal Family of Bahrain.
Bahrain wants its former national team player returned to serve a 10-year prison sentence that was handed down in absentia after he was accused of vandalising a police station, a charge he denies.Читайте также: Major League Baseball deems 'disabled list' too offensive
He soon fled the country for Australia, where he has been playing football for a local club in Melbourne.
He was detained upon his arrival in Bangkok in November while on honeymoon and subsequently was held pending the completion of the extradition request by Bahrain. Bahrain has a Shiite majority but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy.
He eventually made it to Australia, where he was granted refugee status.
"The Thai government should see that Bahrain's sole motive is to further punish Hakeem for the peaceful political opinions he expressed", Amnesty International Thailand campaigner Katherine Gerson said in a statement. His next hearing was set for late April. Thai officials previously said a trial could be lengthy, depending on how many witnesses are called by each side.
Hakeem al-Araibi leaves the criminal court in Bangkok.
"This is a fundamental human right that must be protected". "It is a commitment enshrined in our human rights policy", he said. This should not be a schoolyard spat - there is a man's life on the line and suggesting the parties can "talk to each other and sort out their problems" is insulting to everyone working so hard to save Hakeem from the fate that awaits him if returned to Bahrain.
The court extended his detention by 60 days, during which he can file an objection against the extradition request.
"If you look at the number of foreign defendants, they pay their bail and jump bail and then don't show up in court", Chatchom Akapin, the office's director general for global affairs, said, adding that the policy applied "not only to Hakeem".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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