Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer

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

The Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi is set to return to Australia after Thai authorities withdrew an extradition case against him.

Thailand's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) asked the court to end proceedings against Al-Araibi because Bahrain had said it no longer wanted him, officials told BBC Thai on Monday.

But Araibi says the case is bogus and tied to his criticism of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a member of Bahrain's ruling family.

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"My thanks go to the wonderful people of Thailand for your support and to the Thai government for upholding global law", former Australia soccer captain Craig Foster, who helped lobby officials at world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association to intervene on Araibi's behalf, said on social network Twitter after the news.

He was detained upon his arrival in Bangkok in November while on a holiday at the request of Bahrain relayed through Interpol.

Al-Araibi plays for Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne.

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Foreign minister Marise Payne said there were still "a number of steps to go in this process" but said al-Araibi would hopefully be back in Australia in the next day or so.

Mr Araibi has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain previously. The refugee footballer will be returned to Australia after months of pressure from rights groups, former Socceroos, the Australian government and even the heroes of the Thai cave rescue.

Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had no comment on the case.

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