Osama al-Najjar finally released, over two years after the completion of his sentence
Prominent UAE political prisoner Osama al-Najjar has finally been released after being held for more than two years past the completion of his sentence.
Two other detainees, Badr Al-Bahri and Othman Al-Shehi, whose initial sentences expired in April 2017 and July 2018 respectively, have also been freed.
Osama Al-Najjar was officially due for release in March 2017 after serving a three-year sentence for posting a series of Tweets critical of the authorities' human rights record. However, after the court deemed him a "threat" to national security, he was transferred instead to a so-called counseling centre within Abu Dhabi’s al-Razeen prison. Read more