/ 30 June 2021

Footballer takes the Australian government to court

Bahraini refugee and footballer Hakeem al-Araibi yesterday said he will sue the Australian Government over his wrongful detention in Thai prison in 2018. Al-Araibi shot to prominence when he travelled to Thailand on his honeymoon and was detained after his birth country Bahrain tried to extradite him. While an extradition order can’t be issued against a refugee from the country they fled, a series of oversights by the Home Affairs department meant that al-Araibi’s refugee status wasn’t confirmed until he was detained in Thailand. He was later released and became an Australian citizen in 2019. Yesterday, al-Araibi lodged documents with Victoria’s Supreme Court accusing the Aussie Government of negligence and breach of duty of care during his 77-day incarceration, which he said caused him injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and loss of income.

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