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    KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaits Ameer, 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 states government has sent the bill back to parliament on Wednesday, sources said, indicating that it had been rejected by the Ameer.


    The Ameer 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 Quran, all prophets (PBUT) and the wives of Prophet Mohammed (RA) will be punished by death or life in jail.


    The bill introduced two new articles to the Gulf states 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 Shia tweeter Hamad al Naqi for allegedly cursing the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), his wife Aisha (RA) and some companions (RA).


    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 Shias, 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.

    Kuwait ruler rejects death penalty for religious offences – The Express Tribune
    On the authority of Abdullah Bin Masood (may Allah be pleased with him), he said: "There will be rulers over you, who will leave the sunnah like this," and he pointed to the origin of his finger. "If you were to leave these rulers alone, they will bring great affliction and disaster. There has been no previous ummah except that the first thing they left from their religion was the sunnah, and the last to be left was the salat , and were not these rulers shy and afraid from people, they would not pray". (Narrated by Al-Hakim and he said this is saheeh hadith on the condition of Bukhari and Muslim).
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    this will be very unpopular with the people over there, I never met a kuwaiti, even a jahil non practicing one who didn't agree with this law being passed. Even many of the secularist 'sunni' MP's joined with the islamic parties in passing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu Saalehah View Post
    this will be very unpopular with the people over there, I never met a kuwaiti, even a jahil non practicing one who didn't agree with this law being passed. Even many of the secularist 'sunni' MP's joined with the islamic parties in passing it.
    And despite that, the "Emir" still rejected it. He really has no shame, does he?

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    The Emir must be a hardcore islamist in his kufr dna kufr phase.

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