Refugee footballer Hakeen Al-Araibi Is On His Way Home To Australia

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11 February 2019

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 Refugee footballer Hakeen Al-Araibi is on his way home to Australia after being released from detention in Thailand.

Al-Araibi is expected to touch down in Melbourne about 1pm on Tuesday after spending more than two months in a Bangkok prison.

The Bangkok Post tweeted on Monday night that he was expected to be on a Thai Airways flight arriving at 1.05pm on Tuesday.

An official from the Thai attorney general's office, Chatchom Akapin, said on Monday Bahrain had requested the case be dropped after it had sought his extradition.

Al-Araibi was wanted by Bahrain after fleeing the country when he was charged with vandalising a police station in 2012. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail in absentia.

Mr Morrison thanked Thailand for releasing Al-Araibi after intense lobbying from the Australian government, global human rights groups, sporting bodies and the public.

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