Qatar teacher jailed for Muslim insults is released

Online petition calling for Nepalese expat’s release received 12,500 followers - report
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By Shane McGinley
Mon 13 May 2013 11:10 AM

A Nepalese teacher jailed in Qatar for allegedly insulting Muslims has had all charges against him dropped and is set to fly home to Nepal in the coming days, it has been reported.

Dorje Gurung, a chemistry teacher at Qatar Academy who was fired by the school after he allegedly said “all Muslims are terrorists” during an argument with students three weeks ago, was released after spending around ten days in jail, Doha News reported on Sunday.

Grung was arrested following complaints by students, but colleagues claimed the argument arose after students allegedly made derogatory remarks to the teacher about his nationality and he responded by asking them how they would feel to be stereotyped and called terrorists because they were Muslim.

An online petition was launched on Friday calling for Gurung’s release and amassed more than 12,500 signatures.

“[Gurung] was very grateful for, and overwhelmed by, the level of support he had received from his friends, family, and colleagues from around the world, and by complete strangers who had supported him on the testimony of those who do know him,” Selywn Price, a longtime friend of Gurung’s, was quoted as saying by the Doha News.

In a statement last week, Qatar Academy confirmed “that an incident recently arose involving a staff member... which resulted in formal complaints being made regarding the manner in which students were addressed.”

The teacher is now believed to preparing to leave Qatar and return to his native Nepal.

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