Qatari poet gets life for ‘insulting’ emir, says lawyer

Updated 29 November 2012
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Qatari poet gets life for ‘insulting’ emir, says lawyer

DOHA, Qatar: A defense lawyer says a Qatari poet has been sentenced to life in prison for an Arab Spring-inspired verse that officials claim insulted Qatar’s emir and encouraged the ruler’s overthrow.
The verdict on Thursday is certain to bring a fresh outpouring of denunciations by rights groups, which have repeatedly called for the release of poet Muhammad ibn Al-Dheeb Al-Ajami. His lawyer, Najib Al-Nuaimi, said he will appeal the sentence.
Al-Ajami was jailed in November 2011, months after an Internet video was posted of him reciting “Tunisian Jasmine,” a poem lauding the country’s popular uprising that touched off the Arab Spring revolts across the Middle East.
Qatari officials charged Al-Ajami with “insulting” the Gulf nation’s ruler and “inciting to overthrow the ruling system.”


Turkish air strikes kill 26 militants in southeast Turkey, Iraq

Updated 19 June 2018
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Turkish air strikes kill 26 militants in southeast Turkey, Iraq

ISTANBUL: Turkish air strikes killed 26 militants and destroyed their gun positions, shelters and ammunition stores in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq this week, Turkey’s armed forces said on Tuesday.
The military said in a statement released on its Twitter account the air strikes were carried out on Sunday and Monday in Turkey’s Diyarbakir and Sirnak provinces and in the Avasin-Basyan area of northern Iraq, where the Kurdistan Workers Party militant group has bases.