‘Please fight for me.’ Bahrain soccer player detained in Thailand pleads for help

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)Hakeem Al-Araibi’s finger traces over every sentence of the letter, eager not to miss even one word from his beloved wife. Those happy family plans were forcibly put on hold when Al-Araibi, a refugee and former member of the Bahraini national soccer team, was arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport while on his honeymoon on November 27. Interpol had issued a “red notice” — an international arrest warrant — which is not supposed to be given to refugees. Al-Araibi, who fled Bahrain in 2014, was detained and held in Thailand at the request of the Bahrain government. He holds refugee status in Australia where he plays for Melbourne soccer club Pascoe Vale, but has beenlocked in an overcrowded Thai …