February 10, 2017
On 8 February, Qatari authorities delivered an order issued by the General Prosecutor banning human rights lawyer Najeeb Al-Nuaimi from travelling outside the country, without providing reason or charges against the human rights defender.
The travel ban order was issued by the General Prosecutor. The order did not provide specific reasons and only stated in general terms that Najeeb Al-Nuaimi was included in the list of those banned from travelling. The order also required Najeeb Al-Nuaimi to appear before the General Prosecutor.
In 2011/2012, Najeeb Al-Nuaimi represented Muhammed Al-Ajami in a case brought by the Qatari government. Al-Ajami is a poet that was charged with “inciting to overthrow the ruling system” through his artwork. On 29 November 2012, the human rights defender reported that Al-Ajami had been sentenced to life imprisonment in a secret trial. In March 2016, the poet was released from prison after a royal pardon commuted his sentence. Following the release of Al-Ajami, Najeeb Al-Nuaimi publicly criticised the lack of independence of the Qatari judiciary and called for the resignation of the General Prosecutor.