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Hakeem al-Araibi: Free to return to Australia

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Hakeem al-Araibi is free to leave Thailand tonight. A Thai court has ruled that the extradition case against Melbourne-based footballer and refugee, Hakeem al-Araibi, has been dropped.

• Hakeem al-Araibi was detained after flying to Bangkok in November
• Jjailed over allegations he vandalised a police station in Bahrain during the Arab Spring protests in 2011

The Government has confirmed that the Thai Attorney-General requested the case for Hakeem al-Araibi’s extradition to Bahrain be dropped.

The 25 year old was detained in Bangkok late November for alleged vandalism offences in his native Bahrain during the ‘Arab Spring’ protests of 2011.

A Bahraini court sentenced him in absentia to 10 years in prison over claims by Bahraini authorities that he and a group of protesters attacked a police station with petrol bombs.

He denied the allegations and said he was tortured by his captors during his detention before fleeing to Iran when he was allowed to travel to Qatar for a football match.

He eventually made it to Australia, where he was granted refugee status.

Late last month, Australian PM Scott Morrison wrote to his Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha demanding for al-Araibi’s release.



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Weather for February 20

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Bangkok

Generally clear. High 34ºC. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.Weather for February 20 | News by The Thaiger

Phuket

Generally clear. High 31ºC. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.Weather for February 20 | News by The Thaiger

Chiang Mai

Generally clear. High 35ºC. Winds SE and variable.Weather for February 20 | News by The Thaiger

Pattaya

Generally clear. High 31ºC. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 km/h.

Weather for February 20 | News by The Thaiger

Hua Hin

Generally clear. High 31ºC. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h.

Weather for February 20 | News by The Thaiger

Ko Samui

Generally clear. High 26ºC. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Syrian woman arrested with fake Spanish passport at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Immigration officers at Suvarnabhumi Airport have arrested a Syrian woman with a fake Spain passport.

The Immigration Bureau reports that, while they were patrolling the airport, they found the woman who was acting suspiciously.

They asked to see her passport which had her name listed on the passport as Alampana Albana, a Spanish national. She was waiting for a flight to Germany.

Officers also found another Syrian passport which identified her name as Mrs Manal Ahmad Alnayed.

The woman admitted that the Syrian passport was her real passport. She told officers her husband, who lived in Germany, arranged it for her.

She says she purchased the fake passport in Malaysia. She received the flight tickets from a foreign woman at the KL airport.

Mrs Alnayed has been charged with illegal possession of, and using, a fake passport.

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Man dies instantly in temple fireworks explosion in Chaiyaphum

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A 59 year old man, serving as a civil defence volunteer at a Chaiyaphum temple fair, has been killed instantly after picking up a seemingly half-lit giant fireworks pipe that then blew up in his face. Chaiyaphum is in central Thailand, north-east of Bangkok.

The incident took place at Wat Ban Muang Kao in Kaset Sombun district last night.

The annual temple fair is held to celebrate the community’s revered monk, the late Luang Phu Ton, who was born during the reign of King Rama III, said deputy inspector Pol Lieutenant Jetsarit Jamnongnit of Kaset Sombun Police Station.

The fireworks exploded in the man’s hands at 9pm on Monday.

The 59 year old victim Riang Phetchnam was identified as a civil defence volunteer at tambon Ban Han, who was helping temple fair organisers in clearing and cleaning a firework-lighting spot near the temple fence.

As the area was noisy and the fireworks-lighting spots were located far apart, it took others a while to discover Riang had been killed and to alert the police.

SOURCE: The Nation

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