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Aussie refugee footballer returns home from Thai jail

Last update: 12/02/2019
SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- Australian football player and Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi returned to Melbourne on Tuesday to a frenzy of media and supporters after being released from a prison in Thailand, reported Xinhua News Agency.

The 25-year-old footballer was detained for two months while awaiting an extradition trial to return him to his home country where he is accused of arson, a charge he denies.

Al-Araibi's plight triggered widespread concern in Australia and caused governments officials, sports groups and human rights activists to pressure Thai authorities to release him, which they did on Monday night.
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