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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.

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