Tuesday, January 08, 2013

News at Eleven: [Cecile Pouilly, a spokeswoman for the

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)] said, "the initial statement of the defendant was allegedly tampered with to wrongly incriminate him for reciting his poem in public."

The OHCHR also voiced concern that "al Ajami has apparently spent many months in solitary confinement and remains there despite a court order" to move him to a normal cell.

The UN rights agency will continue to monitor [Mohammed] al Ajami's case closely, Pouilly said, pointing out that an appeal was scheduled for January 27.

from Middle East Online: Life behind bars for one poem: Jailing of Qatari poet raises UN concerns


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