Top: Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer

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In this file photo taken on February 04, 2019 Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini refugee and Australian resident, is escorted to a courtroom in Bangkok. - Thailand has ended the extradition proceedings against refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi on February 11, a prosecutor said

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A soccer participant and refugee whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry will probably be freed after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request, officers say.

Hakeem Al-Araibi, who’s a Bahraini citizen, fled to Australia in 2014 and was granted political asylum.

He was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol discover requested by Bahrain. He had travelled to the Thai capital on honeymoon.

He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years for vandalising a police station.

Al-Araibi, 25, denies the fees and human rights activists say he may face torture if despatched again to Bahrain.

His case has been taken up by high-profile footballers, with stars together with Didier Drogba and Jamie Vardy calling for his launch. The Australian authorities, Fifa and different soccer our bodies have supported his case.

Thailand’s Workplace of the Lawyer Basic (OAG) requested the court docket to finish proceedings in opposition to Al-Araibi as a result of Bahrain had mentioned it not wished him, officers informed BBC Thai on Monday.

“This morning the Ministry of International Affairs knowledgeable us that Bahrain was not on this request,” OAG overseas workplace chief Chatchom Akapin mentioned.

Al-Araibi performs for Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne.

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