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    Kuwait Parliament Approves Death Penalty for Insulting God

    Kuwait’s parliament approved a law imposing the death penalty on any Muslim who insults God, his prophets, messengers, Prophet Mohammad’s wives or the Koran, in any form of expression, if they don’t repent.

    The bill, which adds articles to Kuwait’s penal code, was passed today by 40 lawmakers, including all Cabinet ministers present, and rejected by five Shiite Muslims as well as one liberal lawmaker.

    “Islam is a religion of tolerance, peace and acceptance, but that doesn’t mean it should be stepped on,” lawmaker Ali al-Deqbasi told the house before the vote. AbdulHamid Dashti, who voted against the bill, said the law “should be broadened to criminalize those who insult all beliefs and faiths.”

    According to the law, judges must give defendants the option of repenting, which, if taken, reduces the sentence to at least five years in prison and a fine of 10,000 dinars ($36,000). Non-Muslims will be sentenced to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the law, which will take effect after signed by the emir and then published in the Official Gazette within a month of parliamentary approval.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-0...lting-god.html
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    Another reason NOT to travel into these countries...
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    Kuwait ruler rejects death penalty for religious crimes

    Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, has refused to sign a bill passed by parliament stipulating the death penalty for major religious offences, sources in the assembly said Wednesday.

    The oil-rich Gulf state's government has sent the bill back to parliament on Wednesday, sources said, indicating that it had been rejected by the emir.

    The emir has the power to refuse bills passed by the elected parliament, but the assembly can override the rejection by passing the bill again with a two-thirds majority of the house membership of 49 MPs and 16 cabinet ministers.

    The bill, passed by parliament last month, stipulates that Muslims who curse God, the Muslim holy book Koran, all prophets and the wives of Islam's Prophet Mohammed will be punished by death or life in jail.

    The bill introduced two new articles to the Gulf state's penal code specifically to stiffen penalties for such offences. Non-Muslims who commit the same offence face a jail term of not less than 10 years, according to the bill.

    Defendants who repent in court will be spared the death penalty, but will get a jail sentence for five years and a fine of $36,000 or one of them, while repentance by those who repeat the crime is not acceptable, the bill says.

    The move to harden penalties for religious crimes came after authorities in March arrested Shiite tweeter Hamad al-Naqi for allegedly cursing the Prophet Mohammed, his wife Aisha and some companions.

    Naqi was on Monday sentenced by the lower court to 10 years in jail, according to his lawyer Khaled al-Shatti who said he will challenge the term in the appeals court.

    Kuwaiti courts have in the past several months jailed activists from both sects over religious offences.

    Sectarian tensions have flared in Kuwait between the Sunni majority and Shiites, who form about a third of the native population of 1.17 million, reflecting rising regional tensions between the two Islamic sects.

    Offences including drug trafficking and murder earn the death penalty in Kuwait. However, the last execution was implemented in the Gulf country in May 2007.

    http://news.yahoo.com/kuwait-ruler-r...9Pjy8AvdTQtDMD
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    Kuwait introduces death penalty for ‘cursing God and prophets’



    Kuwaiti MPs this week approved a law with a death penalty for Muslims who curse God, the Koran, all prophets and the wives of Islam's Prophet Mohammed. Non-Muslims who commit the same offence face a jail term of not less than 10 years, according to the bill.

    Defendants who repent in court will be spared capital punishment but will get a jail sentence for five years and a fine of $36,000 or one of them, while repentance by those who repeat the crime is not acceptable, the bill says.

    "We do not want to execute people with opinions or thought because Islam respects these people... But we need this legislation because incidents of cursing God have increased. We need to deter them," opposition MP Ali al-Deqbasi said during the debate.

    Shiite MPs also demanded that the bill impose the death penalty on anyone who curses their sect's 12 revered Imams, but the Sunni-dominated parliament rejected their request.

    The bill becomes effective after the government accepts it, the emir signs it and it is published in the official gazette within one month.

    Shiite MP Abdulhameed Dashti said the bill was unconstitutional and against the principles of Islam. "Why are we trying to show Islam as a religion of death and blood when it is actually the opposite of that," he asked.

    In March authorities arrested a Shiite man for allegedly cursing the Prophet Mohammed, his wife and some companions in a tweet. The suspect, Hamad al-Naqi, is being detained pending trial later this month.

    Kuwaiti courts have in the past several months jailed activists from both sects over religious offences.

    http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/20...d-and-prophets
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    Kuwait hangs three men convicted of murder

    Kuwait hanged three men on Monday who had been convicted of murder, the first executions in the Gulf Arab state since 2007, state news agency KUNA reported.

    The three were a Pakistani, a Saudi and a stateless man who were hooded and bound before being hung from gallows outside the Central Prison, official pictures showed. They had been found guilty in three separate murder cases.


    Authorities had invited journalists from Kuwaiti publications to witness the executions.

    The last recorded case of the death penalty being carried out in Kuwait was six years ago when a Pakistani man was executed for drug trafficking, according to Amnesty International.

    KUNA said 48 people remain on death row in Kuwait.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/0...93003R20130401
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    Kuwait to hang five more inmates at Central Prison

    Kuwait’s Central Prison is getting ready to execute five more people within days, a report in Kuwait City said.

    “Instructions have been given to the Central Prison to prepare for the hanging of five inmates sentenced to death,” sources told local Arabic daily Al Jareeda.

    The sources that the newspaper did not specify the nationalities of the detainees to be executed.

    Kuwait on Monday carried out three executions following a hiatus since May 2007.

    A Saudi, a Pakistani and a Kuwait resident without a nationality (bidoon) were hanged inside the Central Prison for murder,in the presence of officials.

    Journalists were also allowed to witness the executions.

    The sources said 49 inmates were on the death row, but added that 44 were still awaiting the decision of the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the country that could oversee their cases, Al Jareeda reported on Thursday.

    Execution rulings have to be endorsed by the Emir before they are carried out.

    Kuwaitis have seemingly brushed aside a statement by Amnesty International slamming their country for the executions and claiming that they marked “a real setback in a region where many countries show a shocking disregard for the right to life”.

    http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait...ison-1.1166676
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    Two convicts executed in Kuwait

    Two convicted rapists and killers were put to death on Tuesday in a Kuwaiti prison in Salibiya.

    Hajjaj Al Sa’adi, known in the local media as the “Hawalli Beast” for allegedly raping 18 children, and Ahmad Abdul Salam, both Egyptians, were executed in the Central Prison at around 8am in the presence of the public prosecutor and other legal officials, local websites reported.

    A call by an international human rights watchdog to “cancel the executions immediately” went unanswered.

    The Beast was reportedly arrested in 2007 as he was about to board a plane for Egypt. Courts in 10 separate cases condemned him to death and to life in prison in three other cases.

    http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait...wait-1.1198610
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    Information on the second executed killer:

    Another Egyptian man was executed at the same time after he was found guilty of killing an Asian couple by setting their home ablaze and attempting to murder another couple from Egypt the same way, said the prosecution.

    Ahmad Abdulsalam al-Baili poured an inflammable material in the apartment of the Asian pair and set it on fire in April 2008, causing their deaths, it said in a statement.

    Later he tried to kill an Egyptian couple the same way. They survived despite suffering injuries.

    http://www.nst.com.my/latest/kuwait-...apist-1.302569

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