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United Arab Emirates' Economist Nasser bin Ghaith Granted Presidential Pardon
December 1, 2011

On November 28, 2011, Nasser bin Ghaith, a United Arab Emirates’ economist and lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the University of Paris IV (Paris-Sorbonne), was granted a presidential pardon and released from prison after more than seven months in detention. The previous day he had been convicted by the Federal Supreme Court in Abu  Dhabi of “publicly insulting” the UAE’s president, vice president, and crown prince in an online political discussion and sentenced to a two-year prison term. Held in “preventive custody” by UAE authorities since his arrest in April 2011 and denied bail, Amnesty International considered Nasser bin Ghaith to be a “prisoner of conscience.”
 
The CHR, its correspondents, and participants in the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies wrote letters to UAE authorities appealing for Nasser bin Ghaith’s immediate and unconditional release.