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Date TimeOctober 25, 2019
VoiceIn this extract from his book on Hakeem al-Araibi, Craig Foster recalls the refugee footballer’s first court appearance
We were in the bowels of hell: Craig Foster on fighting for Hakeem al-Araibi
At Klong Prem prison, Hakeem heard his voice called over the loudspeaker and was directed outside to where a white prison bus with wire mesh on the windows waited. A guard stopped him near the door, knelt down, and wrapped metal leg irons around each of his ankles. The two rings were connected between his legs by a short, shining chain. Once the guard had locked them into place, he motioned for Hakeem to get on the bus with the other detainees. Hakeem climbed awkwardly up the steps and another guard handed him a piece of paper with English writing scrawled on it. The note informed him that he would be the last person to get off the bus when it arrived at the courthouse, and he was to sit and wait until called by one of the guards to move.
Hakeem felt a rush of hope. He thought it might mean that there was a lot of media waiting there, and hoped that was why he was being treated differently to the other detainees.

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