Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand drops extradition proceedings against refugee footballer, says prosecutor - watsupptoday.com
Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand drops extradition proceedings against refugee footballer, says prosecutor
Posted 11 Feb 2019 05:50 PM

Agencies
Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, whose arrest in Thailand while on honeymoon sparked a global campaign to secure his release, is to be freed on Monday, a Thai prosecutor has said.Reuters, quoting a witness, said al-Araibi, 25, who lives and plays in Australia, has left the Bangkok jail where he was being held.His release followed Bahrain's decision to drop its extradition case against him, Thai state prosecutors announced.

Pictures have been released of a police car leaving the remand prison, reportedly carrying the player.A Thai official has said the Bahrain national was being processed for release and would be freed by the end of the day.He was taken to an immigration detention centre in the city to be issued with new papers and, from there has travelled to the airport where he is awaiting a flight back to Australia.The player's lawyer said, a Thai court approved the attorney general's request to drop the extradition case against him.

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