Global push to free Bahrain soccer player in Thailand after extradition request issued

    Hakeem Al-araibi is escorted by immigration police to a court in Bangkok on December 11, 2018.

    (CNN)Activists campaigning for the release of Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who has been detained in Thailand since November, warn his situation has become an "emergency" following the submission of a formal extradition request.

    Hakeem Al-Araibi, who fled Bahrain in 2014, was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok while on his honeymoon on November 27, after Interpol issued a "red notice" -- an international arrest warrant -- which is not supposed to be given to refugees.
    Al-Araibi, 25, holds refugee status in Australia but has been locked in an overcrowded Thai prison cell since being detained while officials await extradition proceedings.
      On Monday, Bahrain's Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa,