Rights groups urge Thailand to release Hakeem Al-Araibi

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Pascoe Vale, who compete in Victoria's National Premier League, have registered Al-Araibi for the upcoming season and reserved his number on the teamsheet.

"Bahrain won't defend me", a chained al-Araibi yelled to reporters outside the court as he was escorted by prison guards into the hearing.

The Corrections Department risked facing human rights criticism, Pol Col Naras said, but the public should understand that officials had to ensure the safe transportation of detainees and prevent any attempt at escape.

Scott Morrison on Tuesday night confirmed he has written to his Thai counterpart, Prayut Chan-o-cha, requesting that al-Araibi be allowed to return to Australia where he is a resident.

The former Bahraini worldwide will face court again in April as he looks to avoid extradition back to his homeland where he claims he'll face torture and possible death for speaking out against the royal family.

The Thai government has pleaded with Australia and Bahrain to sort out the situation with Hakeem al-Araibi and find a "win-win" solution amid growing worldwide anger at the south-east Asian nation.

It was reported that al-Araibi informed the Australian side about his trip and received a green light, so he left for Thailand only to be arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport on November 27 past year.

"It took several days after the arrival of Mr Hakeem before the Australian authorities informed us that the red notice had been cancelled", the statement said.

"By that time, legal proceedings in Thailand regarding Mr Hakeem had already started and could not be reversed".

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The 25-year-old was convicted in absentia on charges of vandalizing a police station in Bahrain, but says he was out of the country playing in a match at the time of the alleged offence.

The Thai court hearing the case will need two to three months to give its ruling after the next hearing in late April, said a spokesman for the attorney general's office.

Al-Araibi says he is innocent and that he was tortured in Bahrain for his political opposition.

FFA on Wednesday cancelled a trip to Bangkok which was scheduled as part of a proposed pre-AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers camp.

"On our return from the recent AFC Asian Cup we reassessed our plans due to the ongoing detainment of Australian footballer Hakeem al-Araibi in a Thai prison", Arnold said.

"The Thai government should see that Bahrain's sole motive is to further punish Hakeem for the peaceful political opinions he expressed", Amnesty International Thailand campaigner Katherine Gerson said in a statement.

Thailand said previously that it was acting on an Interpol Red Notice request from Bahrain.

Khamis rejected the claim that Thailand were unable to reverse the process, instead maintaining that the Thai government's role in extraditing Hakeem to Bahrain was financially motivated.

The Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) which is also a signatory, separately said the Thai attorney-general should use his discretion to withdraw the case to "reduce pressure from the global community and make our stand to protect refugees from persecution".

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