A court in Qatar has sentenced a poet to life in prison after accusing him of insulting the emir and trying to overthrow the government. Mohammad al-Ajami criticized regional rulers in his “Jasmine Poem,” published after the Tunisian uprising last year, writing: “We are all Tunis in the face of the repressive elite.” Ajami has been held in solitary confinement for a year. The sentencing comes as delegates from nearly 200 countries are gathered in Qatar for the United Nations climate change summit.
Qatar Court Sentences Poet to Life in Prison
HeadlineNov 30, 2012