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Former Lawyer to Jamal Khashoggi, Asim Ghafoor, Released from UAE Prison

HeadlineAug 11, 2022

Civil rights attorney and U.S. citizen Asim Ghafoor, who has been imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates since mid-July, is expected to be released after his sentence was overturned by an Emirati court Wednesday, reversing a punishment that raised charges he was being targeted for political reasons. Ghafoor had previously worked as a lawyer for Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist whose 2018 murder was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He was detained at a Dubai airport in mid-July and sentenced to three years in prison on charges of money laundering and tax evasion. His arrest came two days before Biden met with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Saudi Arabia.

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