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Refugee footballer makes triumphant return to Australia

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi made a triumphant return to Australia on Tuesday, ending a two month ordeal that saw him jailed in Thailand and threatened with forced return to his native Bahrain.

A throng of well wishers decked in #SAVEHAKEEM T-shirts cheered and sang the football anthem “You'll Never Walk Alone” as they greeted the 25-year-old defender at Melbourne Airport, after an overnight flight to freedom aboard Thai Airways flight 465.

“I want to thank Australia,” said a smiling Araibi, adding that “this is my country”.

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