A Thai court has ruled that an extradition case against Melbourne-based refugee Hakeem al-Araibi be dropped, with the footballer expected to return to Australia tonight.
ABC's Juanita Phillips tweeted that the footballer was flying back to Australia on Monday night.
The movement to save Hakeem Al-Araibi has spread across the footballing world.
A police vehicle believed to be carrying Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi is pictured as it leaves the Bangkok's Remand Prison, Thailand, February 11, 2019.
Former Australia national team captain Craig Foster, who has been leading the campaign for Mr Araibi's release, praised all those who worked on the campaign.
Al-Araibi has been in a Bangkok jail since November, after being arrested while on honeymoon due to an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.
"The Thai government should see that Bahrain's sole motive is to further punish Hakeem for the peaceful political opinions he expressed", Amnesty International Thailand campaigner Katherine Gerson said in an earlier statement.
He was convicted of vandalizing a police station during 2011 anti-government protests in Bahrain and sentenced in absentia after he fled.
Again, had 25-year-old al-Araibi not been a footballer, his plight likely wouldn't have evoked much of a reaction beyond the human rights groups whose days are filled with such cases.
Al-Araibi has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten when he was held in Bahrain previously. Thai officials had said a trial could be lengthy, depending on how many witnesses are called by each side.
A football player and refugee whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry will be freed after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request, officials say. She said "a great deal" of work had gone on behind the scenes.