Al Araibi fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia [Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo]

Thailand will free a refugee Bahraini footballer, arrested more than two months ago, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition, a prosecutor in the case said.

Monday’s decision comes after the 25-year old footballer Hakeem al Araibi was detained for weeks in Bangkok’s Klong Prem Remand Prison.

Bahrain wanted him returned to serve a 10-year prison sentence he

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