Al Jazeera cameraman laid to rest (H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani joined the hundreds of mourners)

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DOHA: The Heir Apparent H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani joined the hundreds of mourners attending the last rites for Ali Hassan Al Jaber, the Al Jazeera cameraman who was killed in Libya on Saturday.

Several ministers, senior government officials and members of the diplomatic corps were also present to pay homage the slain cameraman. Several members of the Libyan community in Qatar also attended the ceremony.

The funeral prayers were held at the Ali Bin Ali mosque in Al Hilal (near the Mall roundabout) while the burial took place at the Abu Hamour cemetery. All the roads leading to the Ali Bin Ali mosque witnessed heavy traffic jam as hundreds of nationals and expatriates rushed to attend the funeral prayers, held after the regular noon prayers. Lakhoya and the Traffic Department personnel controlled the traffic.

Renowned Doha-based Islamic scholar Dr Yousuf Al Qaradawi led the prayers and addressed the gathering. He proposed to rename the Mall Roundabout after the deceased Qatari photojournalist.

“Ali Hassan Al Jaber is a martyr and a gift of Qatar. All dictators will go to hell due to what they have done against their own people. All those who are supporting them will face the same fate,” said Al Qaradawi.

“ Gaddafi, the dictator, will soon follow the path of his two predecessors Hosni Mubarak and Bin Ali,” he added. After the prayers the body was taken to the Abu Hamour cemetery for burial, accompanied by hundreds of mourners. Several international media organisations and human rights groups have condemned the assassination of Ali Jaber and demanded legal action.

Malcolm Smart, director of Amnesty International for the Middle East and North Africa said: “It was clear that Al Jazeera team in Libya was targeted in a violent and brutal manner and the crime was committed soon after detaining and torturing three BBC correspondents.”

The Committee to Protect Journalists based in New York noted that the media personalities were victims in 40 assaults since the beginning of the uprising in Libya on February 15. This include 25 detention cases and three cases of beating and two attacks against media offices. At least six journalists are currently missing.

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