From honeymoon to prison to back home: Refugee footballer returns to Australia after 77 days

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi returned to his home in Australia on Tuesday after what had been two distressing months in Thai detention.

Araibi was in Thailand on his honeymoon and was arrested in Bangkok on 27 November 2018 at the request of Bahraini authorities, who accused the Bahrain-born footballer of being a part of the anti-government ‘Arab Springs’ movement in 2010-11.

Araibi’s detention had led to a massive outcry in Australia and has also led a way to a political dispute between Thailand, Bahrain and Australia. On his return, Araibi said, “I don’t have citizenship yet, but my country is Australia. I will die in Australia and I love Australia. This is my country.”

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