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'He is a free man': Thailand releases refugee Bahraini footballer after extradition bid dropped

BANGKOK – Thailand yesterday freed a jailed refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition – and immigration officials said he was immediately driven to the airport.

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

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