Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was held in Thailand while on honeymoon, is to be freed, prosecution sources have said.
Reuters, quoting a Thai official, has said the Bahrain national will be freed by the end of the day after the Gulf state dropped its extradition request.
The player, 25, who had been granted asylum by Australia, where he played, was arrested by Thai authorities in November following an Interpol red notice which was later revoked.
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At a hearing a week ago, al-Araibi pleaded with a judge “don’t send me to Bahrain,” as he appeared barefoot and shackled at a court in Bangkok.
Speaking to Sky News before his appearance, he said he feared he would never see his wife again if he was extradited to Bahrain.
“Maybe they will kill me but 100% I know they will beat me because they beat me when I was 17,” he said.