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Jailed Qatari Poet to Appeal Life Sentence

HeadlinesDec 03, 2012

A Qatari poet sentenced last week to life in prison for his writing is planning to appeal his case in court. Mohammad al-Ajami was accused of insulting Qatar’s emir and inciting the overthrow of the regime. He wrote a poem inspired by the Tunisian uprising that read, in part, "We are all Tunisia, in the face of the repressive elite." Al-Ajami has been held largely in solitary confinement since his arrest one year ago.

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