Hakeem Al-Araibi to be released by Thailand court

Detained Bahraini soccer player Hakeem al Araibi arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok Thailand

Detained Bahraini soccer player Hakeem al Araibi arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok Thailand

Chatchom said that Al-Araibi must now be released as soon as possible.

The Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi is set to return to Australia after Thai authorities withdrew an extradition case against him. He has denied those charges and says the case is politically motivated.

On Monday evening, Foster tweeted his thanks to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Government. Again, no specifics on their talks was offered.

Al-Araibi plays for Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne.

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Western Sydney Wanderers have thrown their support behind detained refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi by removing a Thai Airways sponsorship board from their stadium.

In November past year, he and his wife flew to Thailand for their honeymoon, believing his Australian visa allowed him to travel safely, but they were detained immediately when they landed at Bangkok's Airport in response to an Interpol "red notice".

Al-Araibi has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain previously. Bahrain has a Shiite majority but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy. He said he believed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active in Bahrain.

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