Middle East

Qatar, Arab Spring sponsor, jails poet for life

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York in this September 25, 2012 file photo. A court in Qatar, which has backed Arab uprisings abroad, jailed a poet to life on November 29, 2012 for criticising the emir and inciting revolt - a sentence that drew outrage and charges of hypocrisy from human rights groups. In his verses, Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami praised the Arab Spring revolts that toppled four di





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