Hakeem al-Araibi and Thai police officers

A trove of internal emails from within the home affairs department has revealed the Australian government considered cancelling the visa of refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi after his wrongful detention in Thailand last summer.

On Friday the ABC revealed how a series of bureaucratic bungles including a crucial email from Border Force to the Australian federal police that went unread for five days may have put al-Araibi at further risk during his 76-day incarceration.
The emails, released under freedom of information laws, reveal that after Border Force officials initially failed to notify the AFP of al-Araibi’s refugee status, a series of bungled communications between the two departments meant Interpol was not aware of his visa status until a media report published two days after his arrest.

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