Ahmed Mohamed, arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb is now moving to Qatar along with his family. It was confirmed by his family on Tuesday, October 20, a few hours after he was at the White House for an astronomy night hosted by President Barack Obama.
Ahmed, who became an Internet sensation for an arrest that supporters said was influenced by bias against his Muslim religion, has accepted an offer from the Qatar Foundation to study at its Young Innovators Program.
"This means, that we, as a family, will relocate to Qatar where Ahmed will receive a full scholarship for secondary and undergraduate education," his family said in a statement.
Ahmed had attended a Dallas-area high school and has achieved a celebrity status since his arrest in September. The family has been traveling across the world to meet dignitaries.
Sudanese state radio reported that his father took him to meet Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. The Sudanese leader is accused by the International Criminal Court of masterminding genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during Sudan's Darfur conflict.
After Mohamed was seen in a NASA T-shirt in handcuffs, the Twitter hashtag #IStandWithAhmed trended globally and was cited in praise from Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who said, "Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest.â€
No charges were filed and police in the Dallas suburb of Irving said in September they were reviewing their actions in the case.