Hakeem Al-Araibi arrives in Australia to hero’s welcome after former Bahrain international is freed from Thai prison

Hakeem Al-Araibi arrives in Australia to hero's welcome after former Bahrain international is freed from Thai prison

Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini, Didier Drogba, Gary Lineker and Jamie Vardy are just some of the stars who publicly backed the #SaveHakeem campaign, with the global footballers’ union FIFPro and the World Players’ Association all lobbying hard on his behalf as well.

The Australian government, Fifa, the International Olympic Committee and human rights groups also spoke out or wrote open letters to Bahrain and Thailand on the matter.

Al-Araibi was freed after Bahrain informed the Thai authorities it no longer wanted to extradite him, with the dramatic U-turn coming a week after a Thai judge sent Al-Araibi back to prison, giving his legal team 60 days to prepare their defence before the next stage in the extradition process commenced.

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