Qatar poet gets life in prison after 'insulting' emir

Los Angeles Times 30 November 2012
By Emily Alpert

A poet will face life in prison in Qatar after penning verses that state officials deemed insulting to the nation's emir and an incitement to topple the government, his attorney told news agencies Thursday.

Rights activists say Mohammed Ajami was arrested over his "Jasmine Poem,” which skewered governments across the region, at one point declaring, "We are all Tunisia in the face of the repressive elite.” He had previously recited a poem criticizing the emir, according to free speech groups. (continue reading...)