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Bahraini footballer speaks to ITV News as Sheikh Salman denies allegations of torture

Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Oraibi has spoken to ITV News as the Fifa presidential candidate Sheikh Salman denies allegations of torture.

Sheikh Salman has been accused by Bahraini human rights groups of helping to identify players and other athletes involved in 2011 democracy protests.

He has denied the allegations.

Recent allegations are entirely false and categorically denied by Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

While it was proposed that Sheikh Salman lead a fact-finding committee in relation to the events of 2011, that committee was never formally established and never conducted any business whatsoever.

For the record, and in light of the recycling of historic allegations in the media, Sheikh Salman had absolutely no involvement in the identification, investigation, prosecution or mistreatment of any individuals as has been alleged.

– Sheikh Salman

Hakeem, who now lives in exile, told ITV News he was tortured and beaten for three hours.

He claims he was actually playing a match at the time of his alleged offence.

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