Al-Araibi Could Be Freed From Jail On Bail
Supporters of detained refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi are urgently trying to raise $225,000 for a bail application to free him from prison.
Al-Araibi, who faces an extradition hearing to return him to Bahrain where he was jailed in absentia for allegedly vandalising a police station in 2012, could spend two months in Thai custody awaiting trial.
He was denied bail on Monday after the prosecution said he was a flight risk.
But officials have since contacted his legal team and said there is a chance bail might be granted.
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His lawyer Nadthasiri Bergman said she is preparing a bail submission and would make the offer that al-Araibi wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and have his movements restricted.
"We will tell them that he will remain in one place and if he travels outside of Bangkok, or anything like that, we will notify authorities of his movement," Ms Bergman said.
She hopes to make the offer next week.
Evan Jones from the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network who is helping raise the funds, said they already had $40,000 from GoFundMe and MyCause and was hoping to get 5 million baht ($A225,000) by the end of next week.
Jones said he had contacted Professional Footballers Australia which supports a bail application.
PFA chief executive John Didulica says the association has already raised nearly $30,000 to assist with his legal costs and help his wife in Australia.
He said he and Ms Bergman had spoken to other lawyers about bail in extradition cases, who indicated the amount would have to be above 3 million baht ($A135,000).
Al-Araibi will be held at the Bangkok Remand Prison until at least April 22 when his pre-trial begins.
The footballer, detained on November 27 by Thai authorities when he arrived for his honeymoon, denies the charges and says he was playing in a televised match when the vandalism took place.
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Mr Jones visited al-Araibi in prison on Friday and said his conditions had markedly improved.
Al-Araibi had been moved to a "VIP area" where he did not have to share a cramped cell with 50 other inmates.
Mr Jones said al-Araibi was happy and joking compared to his previous sombre mood, and increasingly aware of the support he had from Australia.
"He said 'It's pretty amazing what everyone is doing for me. I can't wait to get back to Australia and contribute and do good things for the country,"' Jones said.
After Thailand's foreign ministry on Wednesday blamed Australia for issuing the Interpol red notice which led to al-Araibi's arrest, the Australian embassy in Bangkok said Bahrain issued the notice.
"The red notice should never have been issued because of Mr al-Araibi's status as a protected refugee. This was a breach of Interpol's regulations," the embassy said in a statement.
Because the Australian government was initially not aware the red notice had been wrongly issued, it followed Interpol procedure and notified Thailand of his travel.
"Australia is reviewing our procedures so that this does not happen again," the embassy said.