The government of Qatar has released poet Mohammed al-Ajami after four years imprisonment when Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani unexpectedly pardoned the poet, U.S.-based non-profit Freedom Now reported on 16 March 2016.
The case brought significant international attention to the poet and the Qatari government from several international human rights NGOs, including Freemuse, and the UN
“We welcome the news of Mr. al-Ajami’s release, even though he had to suffer four years in prison for practicing his art,” Ole Reitov, Freemuse Executive Director, said. “The ability for people to practice their artistic freedom is, for some, a hard-fought right that should be an intrinsic part of any society.”
The poet was originally sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012, which was later reduced to 15 years after appeal in 2013, for his poetry.
» Freedom Now – 16 March 2016
Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami released from prison
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