Hakeem al-Araibi to return to Australia after extradition to Bahrain dropped

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

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

Al-Araibi was jailed and beaten in Bahrain during a crackdown on pro-democracy athletes.

The extradition case against refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has been dropped and he is expected to be released from prison on Monday, Thailand's attorney-general's office has confirmed.

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". He had travelled to the Thai capital on honeymoon.

Bahrain has now dropped an extradition request made to Thailand, paving the way for Al-Araibi to return to Australia.

A Bahraini court sentenced him in absentia to 10 years in prison over claims by Bahraini authorities that he and a group of protesters attacked a police station with petrol bombs during the Arab Spring uprising.

His supporters have said he should be freed and is protected under his status as a refugee with Australian residency.

The player fled Bahrain in 2014 and now plays for semi-professional Melbourne-based club Pascoe Vale.

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