He’s free, but who’s to blame for Hakeem al-Araibi’s ordeal?

Campaigners examine whether the failings of Interpol, Australian police, the world’s footballing bodies and Thai authorities allowed the refugee athlete to fall into Bahrain’s web

Helen Davidson  @heldavidson
Tue 12 Feb 2019

As Hakeem al-Araibi settles back into his life in Melbourne after 76 days in a Thai prison, supporters and campaigners for his release will turn their sights to those who could have, and should have, done more.

Myriad intersecting themes in Al-Araibi’s case crossed international diplomacy, global law enforcement, football geopolitics, domestic politics, greed, nepotism and refugee law.

There were allegations and suspicions of incompetence and underhandedness, laziness and manipulation. Many questions remain unanswered, and it will be here that campaigners train their sights now Al-Araibi is home.
Key parties have serious questions to answer over their actions in the case of Al-Araibi.
Who orchestrated the pursuit of Al-Araibi?

Everything comes back to Bahrain, the tiny Gulf state with a ruling monarchy and a reputation for crushing opposition and dissent.



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