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'I love Australia', refugee Bahraini footballer declares as he arrives home from Thai prison

11 days ago   |   By Reuters

A refugee Bahraini footballer who was held in a Thai prison for more than two months at the Gulf state's request arrived in his adoptive hometown of Melbourne on Tuesday, television pictures showed, to cheers and the great relief of his wife.
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Hakeem al-Araibi arrives back in Australia after being released from Thai prison

Hakeem al-Araibi arrives back in Australia after being released from Thai prison

11 days ago   |   By ESPN FC

Hakeem al-Araibi touched down in Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon after spending more than two months detained in Thailand.
A refugee footballer thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand.
Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were waiting at Melbourne Airport when Hakeem al-Araibi arrived on a commercial flight direct from Bangkok.
"I would like to say thanks to Australia," Al-Araibi told the cheering crowd. "It's amazing to see all...
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Australian supporters cheer refugee Bahraini footballer freed from Thai jail

11 days ago   |   By Reuters

A refugee Bahraini footballer, who was held in a Thai prison for more than two months at the Gulf state's request, arrived in the Australian city of Melbourne from Bangkok on Tuesday, Australian television pool footage showed.
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