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Australia police say they didn't know Bahraini was a refugee

Feb. 18, 2019 6:47 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Federal Police did not know a Bahraini soccer player was a refugee who feared persecution in his homeland when the agency alerted Bahrain and Thailand that he was on a flight bound for Bangkok, Australian officials said Monday. Australian Border Force Commissioner...

Refugee footballer thanks Australian leader for freedom

Feb. 13, 2019 10:13 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain shook hands Thursday with Australia's prime minister, whom he credits with securing his freedom. Three days after he was released from a cramped Bangkok cell, Hakeem...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

Feb. 12, 2019 7:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were waiting...

Bahrain refugee soccer player freed by Thailand, heads home

Feb. 11, 2019 1:03 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A refugee soccer player was freed by Thailand and left on a flight to Australia early Tuesday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that has drawn worldwide attention. Thailand had come under great pressure from Australia's government,...

Column: A sad, shocking week that tested football's heart

Feb. 9, 2019 3:18 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — It was a week of sad and shocking images for football. From the murky depths of the cold sea that separates France and England came a chilling photograph, shot remotely, of the crumpled plane that crashed Jan. 21 as it was flying Emiliano Sala to a new career in the English Premier League,...

Thailand: Soccer player must go through extradition hearings

Feb. 6, 2019 10:35 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government insisted Wednesday it cannot free a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia until hearings on Bahrain's request for his extradition are completed. Thailand has come under great pressure from Australia's government, sporting bodies and human rights...

Australia scraps game in Thailand, campaigns to free refugee

Feb. 5, 2019 10:22 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian soccer authorities have canceled a game in Thailand to protest the continued detention in Bangkok of a refugee player who is fighting extradition to Bahrain. Football Federation Australia announced Wednesday it had scrapped the game against China, a scheduled warmup ahead of next...

Australia urges Thailand free refugee soccer player

Feb. 4, 2019 5:25 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Australian government on Tuesday urged Thailand to exercise its legal discretion to free a refugee soccer player who lives and plays in Australia and told a Bangkok court that he refuses to be voluntarily extradited to Bahrain. Hakeem al-Araibi's rejection of extradition means a trial...

The Latest: Australia urges Thailand to release footballer

Feb. 4, 2019 4:52 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on a detained soccer player's extradition case in Thailand (all times local): 4:40 a.m. Australia has urged Thailand to exercise its legal discretion by releasing refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement Thailand's office of...

Request made in Thai court to send soccer player to Bahrain

Feb. 1, 2019 3:17 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai prosecutors submitted a request in court Friday for Thailand to extradite to Bahrain a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia. Hakeem al-Araibi, a former player on Bahrain's national team, has said he fled his home country due to political repression and human rights...