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Former Australian football captain Craig Foster who has been leading a protest in the football community for Araibi's freedom expressed his "deepest gratitude" for the news. "They all deserve to be in front of camera now, not only me".

"We have been informed that Bahrain wants to withdraw the (extradition) request. if they don't want him, we have no reason to keep him here", he told AFP.

After two months in a Bangkok prison the Bahraini refugee was released on Monday afternoon, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirming the news. The Embassy said after learning of al-Araibi's protected refugee status, it rescinded the red notice. Her nightmare will shortly be at an end. He had been playing for a semi-professional soccer team in Melbourne before he was detained in Thailand.

Monday brought a stunning about-turn from the Bahraini government, which withdrew the extradition request, said Chatchom Akapin, Director-General of the International Affairs Department at the prosecutor's office.

In a statement, world players' union FIFPro said it was delighted that Al-Araibi had been released.

A prominent Bahraini soccer player who had been facing a decade behind bars in his home country on disputed arson charges, was released from a Bangkok prison Monday after extradition charges against him were dropped.

A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a flight for Melbourne early on Tuesday after Bahrain dropped its bid to have him extradited from Thailand, bringing to an end a case that had drawn global criticism.

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He was arrested by Thai authorities on November 27 previous year on an Interpol notice that was distributed against the organisation's own policies to not flag against refugees from the country they have fleed.

Sayed Ahmed al-Wadaei, from the London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said the decision was a huge victory for the human rights movement in Bahrain and the rest of the world. The Shiite Muslim said he was targeted for his faith and because he had run afoul of Bahrain's ruling Sunni family owing to his brother's political activism.

The 25 year old will now be re-united with his wife back in Melbourne.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said that Thailand was caught in the middle of a conflict between Bahrain and Australia and it had nothing to gain from detaining the Bahraini.

The Bangkok court previously set an April 22 date for the next hearing. There has been overwhelming support for Hakeem from Australia and overseas, incredible work from Amnesty Ambassador Craig Foster with support from the football, sporting and olympic communities, human rights organisations, the Australian government and public as well as our colleagues in Amnesty Thailand. "It is a commitment enshrined in our human rights policy", he said.

"Much more could and should have been done, however, including public advocacy by the FIFA President and the availability of sporting sanctions, and we will be calling for a full audit of actions taken by all officials to ensure that future responses are effective, timely and save lives and that every high official undertakes their maximum duty", he said. Before his departure she said she wanted him to get on the plane before she could believe he was being released.