The soccer player was released by Thai authorities on Monday evening when Bahrain, his country of birth, requested the Thai attorney-general’s office drop a case against him.
An Interpol red notice had been issued for Araibi’s detention by Bahrain, but the notice should never have been issued as refugees cannot be returned to the country from which they have fled.
Araibi fled to Australia in 2014, was granted refugee status in 2017 and plays for Pascoe Vale Football Club in Melbourne.
Foster, whose advocacy was crucial in the international debate over Araibi’s fate, praised the government on Monday for applying diplomatic pressure but said Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne should keep «all the Hakeems’» in Australia.
«I’m calling on Scott and Marise to commit to more humane policies for all the Hakeems who come into Australia’s care,» he said.
Shadow foreign minister Penny Wong has said she will ask the government how Araibi ended up in a Thai prison for almost 80 days, with questions centring on how the country Araibi fled from knew he was out of Australia.
«There are questions that do need to be answered about how this occurred and the process by which it occurred,» Senator Wong said.