Feb 2019 | Hakeem al-Araibi returning to Australia after Thai court rules extradition case be dropped

Date: 12 Feb 2019

Source: ABC

Australian footballer Hakeem al-Araibi will return to Australia within the next 24 hours, after an extradition case against him in Thailand was dropped.

The director-general of international affairs for the Thai Government confirmed to the ABC that the Attorney-General requested the case for Mr al-Araibi's extradition to Bahrain be dropped.

About 9:00pm AEDT on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Mr al-Araibi was on his way to Bangkok Airport to board a flight home.

Mr Morrison said he would "be pleased to see him at home when that occurs" but admitted he was "not taking anything for granted" until Mr al-Araibi touched down.

"We would like … to thank and show our appreciation to the Thai Government for the decision that they have taken today," Mr Morrison told reporters.