“Five days before his arrest in September last year, a prominent Ethiopian dissident blogger, Eskinder Nega, wrote, ‘Freedom is partial to no race. Freedom has no religion. Freedom favors no ethnicity. Freedom discriminates not between rich and poor countries. Inevitably freedom will overwhelm Ethiopia.'”

Several other activists in the UAE have been punished this year by being stripped of their citizenship. But stateless people are hard to deport. So according to the Emirates Centre for Human Rights, a London-based lobby, the UAE authorities confiscated Mr Abdelkhaleq’s UAE passport and issued him with a Comoros one instead.

It is said that the poor Comoros, the southernmost country in the Arab League, has been paid several million dollars by the UAE in order that the boiling-rich Gulf state can send people who have become a nuisance to the remote islands. However, on this occasion, the Comoros authorities were unwilling to take Mr Abdelkhaleq.

And for laughs…