Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami

Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami

Location: Doha, Qatar
25° 16' 49.0152" N, 51° 31' 20.9136" E
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 17 Nov 2011

Arrested on November 17, 2012 and sentenced to life on November 28,2012 after publishing a series of poems in the internet including a poem called "Tunisian Jasmine" praising the Tunisian revolution and criticizing "all Arab governments" whom he described as “indiscriminate thieves.” He was charged on November 19 with "inciting the overthrow of the ruling regime". Human Rights Watch said there was "no evidence that [al-Ajami ] has gone beyond the legitimate exercise of his right to free expression" and called for all charges against him to be dropped.

On December 1, al-Ajami's lawyer, Mr. Najeeb al-Naimi, said he will take the case to an appeal court.

According to reports from Reuters who were able to meet with him, Al-Ajami has been largely held in solitary confinement and could speak to reporters only in the presence of prison guards.

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