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Two government critics and their neighbor were released on 9 December. Their charges have not been dropped and they have now been placed under house arrest.
Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced on 9 December to one year and four months’ imprisonment for “insulting a public servant” and “destroying government property”.
A federal court issued a stay of execution for Texas death row prisoner Scott Panetti a few hours before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on 3 December.
Osama al-Najjar was sentenced on 25 November to three years’ imprisonment, on charges stemming from his Twitter activities defending his father. He is a prisoner of conscience.