Kuwaiti MPs Approve Death Penalty for ´Cursing Allah´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 04/15/12)
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Kuwaitís parliament provisionally passed amendments to the Gulf
stateís penal code stipulating the death penalty for those who curse
the Islamic god, Islamís Prophet or his wives, the AFP reported.
Forty-six members of parliament voted for the key amendments that
will come into effect after another round of voting and government
approval. The second and final vote is scheduled to take place in two
Four Shi´ite MPs voted against the law, a pro-Shiite Sunni lawmaker
abstained, while two MPs refused to vote, the news agency said.
Shi´ite MPs have demanded that the new amendments also enforce the
death penalty for anyone who curses their sectís 12 revered Imams,
but the Sunni-dominated parliament reportedly rejected their requests.
The move to bolster penalties for religious crimes came after
authorities arrested a Shi´ite tweeter, last month, for allegedly
cursing the Prophet Mohammed.
Sectarian tensions have flared in Kuwait between the Sunni majority
and Shi´ites, who form about a third of the native population of 1.17
million, reflecting rising regional tensions between the two Islamic
sects, reported AFP. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/15/12)
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