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Qatar reduces jail term for poet to 15 years: lawyer

DOHA--A Qatari appeals court on Monday reduced to 15 years the prison sentence handed to a poet accused of incitement against the regime after a lower court had jailed him for life, his lawyer said.

"My client was sentenced today to 15 years in prison," Mohammed Nejib al-Naimi told AFP, adding that the case will now be taken to the court of cassation for the final decision.

Mohammed al-Ajami was arrested after the publication of his "Jasmine poem," which criticized governments across the Gulf region in the wake of crackdowns on the Arab Spring uprisings, with the line "we are all Tunisia in the face of the repressive elite."

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