Hakeem Al-Araibi will walk free after Bahrain drops extradition request

Al-Araibi was convicted to 10 years' jail for his alleged role in a 2012 police station attack

Al-Araibi was jailed and beaten in Bahrain during a crackdown on pro-democracy athletes.

The extradition case against refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has been dropped and he is expected to be released from prison on Monday, Thailand's attorney-general's office has confirmed.

The Wanderers won the match 2-0 - their first victory for two months - and received plaudits on social media for their decision to support Hakeem.

He travelled to Bangkok for a honeymoon with his wife but was arrested on arrival on 27 November, after Bahrain obtained an Interpol arrest warrant.

He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years for vandalising a police station.

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His case has been taken up by high-profile footballers, with stars including Didier Drogba and Jamie Vardy calling for his release.

Director of the department's worldwide affairs section, Chatchom Akapin, said Bahrain had requested that the case be dropped.

"This morning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed us that Bahrain was no longer interested in this request", OAG foreign office chief Chatchom Akapin said.

The player fled Bahrain in 2014 and now plays for semi-professional Melbourne-based club Pascoe Vale.

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