Bahraini Refugee: Thai court orders release of Hakeem al Araibi

Bahraini football player Hakeem al Araibi left from the criminal court in Bangkok Thailand Bangkok Thailand Monday Feb. 4 2019. 

Al-Araibi's wife also begged for his release in an open letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, saying her husband would face "imprisonment, torture and possible death" if sent back to Bahrain.

Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini citizen, will return home to Australia on Tuesday after being held for two months in a Bangkok prison.

Following the development, his office resolved in a meeting that it would not proceed with the trial against al-Araibi.

Bahrain authorities did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

Officials in Bahrain have said the country, "reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against" Mr al-Araibi.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the Thai move.

On Monday, Chachom Akabin, director of the global affairs division of the Thai attorney general's office, told reporters that Bahrain no longer wanted to take legal action against Araibi, so his office dropped the case.

He was arrested by Thai authorities on November 27 past 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.

He was convicted of vandalising a police station during 2011 anti-government protests in Bahrain and sentenced to ten years behind bars in absentia after he fled.

"We trust Hakeem can now live in peace in Australia and, as a protected refugee, regain his lawful right to travel without fear", the statement said. He has been living in Melbourne, where he plays for a semi-professional football team.

"He is a free man", Chatchom Akapin, an official in the Thai Attorney-General's office, said on Monday after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request without explanation.

A similar campaign was launched on behalf of Araibi by human rights groups, fellow soccer players and other activists - including the heroes who helped save a Thai soccer team trapped in a cave previous year - with the hashtag #SaveHakeem.

In a statement provided to Guardian Australia, they said they were "heartened" to see pictures of his release, but urged the world not to turn away from those still unjustly detained in Bahrain.

The Thai Foreign Ministry later declined to give details of why Bahrain asked for the case to be dropped.

"We greatly respect the process that [the Thai government] had to work through and we greatly appreciate their listening to the issues", Morrison said on Monday afternoon.

The refugee footballer was facing the possibility of being sent back to Bahrain - where human rights activists said he would nearly definitely be tortured - after being arrested in Thailand while on his honeymoon.

Former Socceroos captain and prominent broadcaster Craig Foster led the campaign to have him freed who said many wonderful people had stepped forward to help Hakeem.

He has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain previously.

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