Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has asked a court in Bangkok not to remove him to his nation of origin.

Al-Araibi, who had been playing in Australia in the wake of being conceded haven there, was captured in Thailand when he landed with his better half on special first night.

He is needed in Bahrain, where he was condemned in absentia to 10 years in prison for vandalizing a police headquarters.

Al-Araibi says he is blameless and that he was tormented in Bahrain for his political restriction.

The Bangkok court expanded his confinement by 60 days, amid which he can record a complaint against the removal ask.

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The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok said Al-Araibi landed at court in leg shackles, yelling: “Kindly don’t send me to Bahrain”.

He told the court he dismissed the removal ask for, saying he was kept and tormented for restricting the administration, before he fled to Australia over four years prior.


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