Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi returned to Australia after he was released from Thai prison.
A Bahrain citizen was detained for more than two months in a prison in Bangkok after being arrested by an Interpol report issued by Bahrain.
Following an international human rights campaign on Monday, the Arab kingdom completed extradition trials
Hundreds of sponsors welcomed the arrival of a 25-year-old football player at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday.
"I would like to thank Australia. It's great to see all the people here and all the people in Australia, ”he said, outside the crowd.
25-year-old footballer, vocalist of Bahrain government, 2014 He escaped to Australia, where he was granted political asylum.
While in Australia, Bahrain convicted him of 10 years of police station,
Human Rights activists warned that he might be subjected to torture upon his return to the Arab kingdom
Hours before his arrival, his wife, the BBC, said she was very grateful for the lobbying efforts of the Australian government and society and the international football community.
"I've been smiling on my face all the time and I can't stop crying – I'm just happy," said a 24-year-old man.
"I prayed and prayed that he would come back to me, and eventually our nightmare would end."
The campaign to secure his release was accompanied by former Australian national football captain and TV host Craig Foster, who promoted the lobbying efforts of the international football governing body Fifa and the International Olympic Committee
. famous young man in Australia. A very bold young man, a human rights defender who we are so proud of, that all Australia has struggled so hard to return home, ”he said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted on Monday: "We're looking forward to your home, Hakeem."
On Monday, the BBC reported that Thai officials had released al-Aaibi because Bahrain was no longer seeking their extradition.
The Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that despite the completion of the trial, the football belief remained.
"The Kingdom of Bahrain reaffirms its right to take all necessary legal action against Al-Aaibi," he added