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Hakeem al-Araibi: power, politics, football and the will of the people

The footballer’s plight crossed lines of international diplomacy, human rights, the Arab Spring, sport and domestic politics Before Hakeem al-Araibi walked into Melbourne airport’s arrivals area, into the hordes of waiting media and supporters, he stopped in the duty free shop to buy his wife some perfume.It had been 77 days since they’d been alone together. Seventy-seven days since their planned honeymoon to Thailand’s beaches was stopped before it began, as Thai authorities met the couple as they disembarked from the plane at Bangkok and arrested al-Araibi on an Interpol red notice he had no idea existed. Related: He’s free, but who’s to blame for Hakeem al-Araibi’s ordeal? Related: I spent the first day of my honeymoon in a jail cell with my husband As soon as he was safe his family and supporters urged people not to forget the others Related: 'Please help me': refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi tells of his Thai jail ordeal Continue reading...... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Hakeem al-Araibi: power, politics, football and the will of the people, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Hakeem al-Araibi: power, politics, football and the will of the people

 

 

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Published By: The Guardian - Wednesday, 13 February

 

 

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