JAILED QATARI POET RELEASED
Mohammed Al Ajami, who goes by his pen name Ibn Al Dheeb, has been in prison for nearly five years for “inciting to overthrow the regime” and “insulting the Emir”, has been pardoned by HH the Emir and is now free. Al Ajami was convicted in 2012 and was meant to serve a life sentence which was then reduced to 15 years. The case received widespread attention in the global media and there have continually been calls from activitists and NGOs for his release. According to Abdullah Al Athbah, editor-in-chief of Al Arab, Al Ajami was released on HH Sheikh Tamim's orders through the intercession of the chief of the poet's Al-Ajman tribe, Khalid bin Rakan Al Ajami. The poet will leave the country and resettle in Dubai with his family, according to sources.