Hakeem al-Araibi returns home to Australia after Thai detention
Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has returned home to Australia following his free up from a Thai prison.
The Bahraini nationwide was once detained for over two months in a Bangkok jail after he was once arrested on an Interpol understand issued through Bahrain.
The Arab kingdom ended extradition makes an attempt on Monday, following a global human rights marketing campaign.
Hundreds of supporters cheered the coming of the 25-year-old footballer at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday.
“I would like to say thanks to Australia. It’s amazing to see all of the people here and all of the Australian people who supported me,” he advised the group amassed outdoor the airport.
The 25-year-old footballer, a vocal critic of Bahrain government, had fled to Australia in 2014 the place he was once granted political asylum.
While in Australia, Bahrain sentenced him to 10 years for vandalising a police station, fees which he has denied.
Human rights activists had warned that he may just face torture if despatched again to the Arab kingdom.
Hours sooner than his arrival home, his spouse advised the BBC she was once deeply grateful for the lobbying efforts of the Australian govt and public, and the global soccer neighborhood.
“I have had a smile all the time on my face and I can’t stop crying – I am just so happy,” stated the 24-year-old, who does now not want to be named.
“I prayed and prayed that he would come back to me, and finally our nightmare is ending.”
A marketing campaign to safe his free up was once spearheaded through Craig Foster, a former Australian nationwide soccer captain and TV host, who galvanised lobbying efforts from soccer’s global governing frame Fifa and the International Olympic Committee.
“He is probably the most famous young man in Australia right now. A very courageous young man, a human rights defender who we’re so proud for all of Australia to have fought so hard to bring back home,” stated Mr Foster whilst status subsequent to al-Araibi.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted previous on Monday: “We look forward to seeing you home, Hakeem.”
On Monday, Thai officers advised the BBC that they had launched al-Araibi as a result of Bahrain was once not in the hunt for his extradition.
Bahrain’s overseas ministry stated that regardless of the top of courtroom extradition court cases, the footballer’s conviction nonetheless stood.
“The Kingdom of Bahrain reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against Mr al-Araibi,” it added.