Kuwait

Death penalty for drug trafficking; rape; murder

Kuwait court sentences 4 Egyptians to death

july 28, 2015

A court in Kuwait has sentenced 4 Egyptians to death over the killing of a Pakistani guard at a construction site.
The Egyptian nationals were sentenced on Tuesday. They were charged with murder using a hammer.
The 4 men confessed to killing the Pakistani national at the construction site where they stole 36 tons of steel, before selling it all for USD 18,000.
The verdict can be appealed.
3 other Egyptians were also sentenced to 7 years in prison for helping the four commit the crime.
In Kuwait, dozens of people are thought to be on death row over, mostly, murder and drug crimes, where execution is carried out by hanging.
Except for a return of the death penalty in 2013, execution has generally not been used in Kuwait since 2007.
Since the death penalty was introduced in Kuwait in the mid 1960s, some 71 people have been executed.

Source: Presstv, July 28, 2015

BAHRAIN – Death penalty for blogger urged

June 15, 2012 source :http://gulfnews.com

Manama: A Salafist society in Bahrain is pushing for the death penalty against a blogger who has reportedly posted remarks deemed offensive to Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] and his wife Aysha.

“The death penalty will help preserve the status of the religion and will protect the society from sedition,” Al Asala Society said in a statement one day after Bahraini authorities said they arrested a man who repeatedly posted the “offensive remarks”, using several accounts.

“This man has a twisted and distorted mind and he should be put to death for his corrupt beliefs and postings.”

MP Abdul Halim Murad said that he wanted the government to endorse a draft law that stipulates the death penalty for religion offenders.

“Under this law, anyone found insulting the prophet [PBUH] or his wife Aisha will be sentenced to death or given a life sentence,” the lawmaker representing Al Asala in the lower chamber of the bicameral parliament, said.

“I have already spoken to the government on endorsing the draft because it has robust religious and legal premises, protects the society and upholds the respect that all Muslims have for their prophet,” he said.

The MP presented the draft after the Kuwaiti parliament endorsed a move to impose the death penalty for anyone caught insulting God or Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] or his wife Aisha or his companions.

The parliament, dominated by a strong alliance between tribal and Islamist members, pushed forward the amendment to the penal code after a Kuwaiti blogger was arrested for reportedly insulting the prophet and Aysha.

However, the draft, opposed by liberals, needed the endorsement of the country’s Emir and reports have suggested that it would be sent back to the parliament.

The move is likely to be applauded by the liberals, but will further strains relations between the parliament and the government.

At a forum on the status of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] held on Tuesday evening, MP Mohammad Hayef, a staunch supporter of the proposed law, said that the prime minister could be grilled if the government did not endorse it.

MP Waleed Al Tabtabai said that the draft would be carried to the next parliament if the current one is dissolved as expected following the series of bitter stand-offs with the government.

Kuwait ruler rejects death penalty for religious offences

june 6 2012

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s 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 state’s 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 and the wives of 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 Shia 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 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.
Source: Agence France-Presse

KUWAIT – Kuwaiti gets 10 years for Twitter blasphemy

June 4, 2012 Source : http://www.jpost.com

judge found him guilty of insulting the Prophet, mocking Islam, provoking sectarian tensions. Plaintiff had sought death penalty.

A Kuwaiti man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday after being convicted of endangering state security by insulting the Prophet Mohammad and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on social media.

Shi’ite Muslim Hamad al-Naqi pleaded innocent at the start of the trial last month, saying he did not post the messages and that his Twitter account had been hacked.

he written verdict, delivered by Judge Hisham Abdullah, found Naqi guilty of all charges, a courtsecretary told Reuters. The sentence was the maximum that 26-year-old Naqi could have received, his lawyer Khaled al-Shatti said.

The judge found him guilty of insulting the Prophet, the Prophet’s wife and companions, mocking Islam, provoking sectarian tensions, insulting the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and misusing his mobile phone to spread the comments.

“The prison sentence is long but we have the chance to appeal,” Shatti said. Under Kuwaiti law, the defense can file an appeal within 20 days of the verdict.

The civil plaintiff arguing the case against Naqi, as well as some Kuwaiti politicians, had called for Naqi to be put to deathin a high-profile and divisive case that has stoked sectarian tensions in the Gulf state.

Naqi did not appear in court on Monday. He was in the central prison where he has been held since his arrest in March, the court secretary said. He appeared in previous sessions in a wooden and metal cage, guarded by armed guards in black balaclavas.

Shatti had argued that even if his client had written the remarks, he would be guilty of a “crime of opinion”, not of threatening national security. He told the court last week that Naqi was being used as a political tool.

The civil plaintiff, Dowaem al-Mowazry, has argued that Naqi must be made an example of, which was why the death penalty was appropriate.

Kuwait’s parliament, where opposition Islamists have grown in influence, endorsed a legal amendment last month that would make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammad by Muslims punishable by death instead of the current maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.

Any change in the law has to be approved by Kuwait’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who can also pardon people convicted of crimes. The government has so far rejected the push to bring in the death penalty, according to Kuwaiti media.