Refugee footballer will not be extradited to Bahrain: Thai prosecutor

Bill Shorten wants to meet with the detained man's wife

Bill Shorten wants to meet with the detained man's wife

He was seen talking happily as he walked past the gate to board his plane.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Australia's federal police will look at how Bahrain was tipped off that refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi was travelling to Thailand ahead of his trip.

Al-Araibi was originally arrested in 2012.

"We have been informed that Bahrain wants to withdraw the (extradition) request".

Officials in Bahrain, an island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia that's home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, said the country "reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against" al-Araibi.

"I have had a smile all the time on my face and I can't stop crying - I am just so happy", said the 24-year-old, who does not wish to be named.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Monday that Hakeem al-Araibi had left jail and was on his way to the airport.

Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November a year ago at a Bangkok airport while on a honeymoon trip, following an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.

Al-Araibi was detained at Bangkok airport on November 27 when he arrived in Thailand for his honeymoon with his wife.

Al-Araibi, 25, a former Bahraini national team player, says he fled Bahrain due to political repression and that he fears torture if he returns.

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Bahrain claimed in its extradition request that al-Araibi faced a series of criminal charges reportedly during an uprising, including arson, illegal gathering and assaults, as well as possessing firearms and explosives.

She said she requested his release on bail but it was denied because the court deemed him a flight risk.

Al-Arabi's extradition case quickly grew worldwide attention, with non-governmental organizations Amnesty global and Human Rights Watch calling for his release.

"This is significant win for humanity", tweeted Australian retired soccer player and sports analyst Craig Foster who had lobbied for al-Araibi in Bangkok. He has been living in Melbourne, where he plays for a semi-professional team.

The Thai Foreign Ministry later declined to give details of why Bahrain asked for the case to be dropped.

Al-Araibi was arrested on 27 November on an erroneously issued Interpol red notice, which should never have been granted to Bahrain under clear Interpol policies created to protect refugees from refoulement.

"He is a free man", Chatchom Akapin, an official in the Thai Attorney-General's office, said on Monday after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request without explanation.

Al-Araibi's ordeal shone a light on the human rights violations committed against athletes around the world, Foster said.

In addition to thanking Thailand, Morrison said Australians "greatly appreciate their listening to the issues that have been raised by our government and many others who have raised this case".

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