Melbourne-based refugee Hakeem al-Araibi is finally on his way home to Australia after his release from a Thai prison late last night.
Mr al-Araibi boarded a Thai Airways flight just after midnight local time and is expected to arrive in Melbourne this afternoon.
He was among the last to board with the assistance of immigration police who patrolled the departure gate until he was on board the flight.
He is expected to land in Melbourne just after 1:00pm to a large crowd waiting to welcome him home, including the Pascoe Vale Football Club, and former Socceroos captain Craig Foster.
It was still unclear exactly when or why the Thai Government decided to free him.
However, it was understood Bahrain agreed to drop extradition proceedings against him, after talks at the weekend with the Thai Foreign Minister.
The Thai Attorney-General then applied for the court to drop the case, and he was immediately taken from the jail to the airport.
More to come.