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Asian football body says it worked 'tirelessly' to free Hakeem

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

Asia's football body on Tuesday said it had worked "tirelessly" to secure the release of Bahraini refugee after coming under fire over the case.

The said it was "extremely pleased" with Araibi's return to after he was detained for more than two months in as he fought extradition to

"The (AFC) is extremely pleased with the decision of the courts in to order the release of and allow him to return to Australia," the AFC said in a short statement.

"The AFC has been working tirelessly with all the relevant stakeholders for several months and we thank each and everyone of those bodies for their support and commitment in bringing this matter to a positive end."

The AFC had been criticised for remaining quiet about Araibi, who was detained after arriving in for a holiday and feared torture and even death if he was sent back to

Araibi, who was sentenced in absentia in a case linked to anti-government in Bahrain, claimed he was being targeted for political reasons following his criticism of AFC Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a member of Bahrain's ruling family.

The AFC's first public statement on Araibi came two months after his arrest, and said it was seeking a "solution" to the case rather than calling for his release.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 17:55 IST