Australia celebrates Hakeem Al-Araibi’s freedom after Thai ordeal. Australia is celebrating the news that refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi
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Australia celebrates Hakeem Al-Araibi’s freedom after Thai ordeal

Australia is celebrating the news that refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi is coming home.

On Monday, the Thai attorney-general’s office confirmed the extradition case against Mr Al-Araibi had been dropped and he would be free to return to Australia.

Former Socceroo Craig Foster, who championed the fight to bring the footballer back to Australia, told SBS News “it’s stunning, it’s very emotional”.

“Speaking to all the people involved, who have worked so hard over this time to try and save his life, it’s an incredible feeling,” he said.

“Once he touches down in Melbourne, that’s when I think everyone will be just incredibly elated.”

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