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Jailed for ‘blasphemy’ 15, July 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Qatar.
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A Lebanese expatriate living in Doha has been jailed for seven years for blaspheming whilst being stretchered to a waiting ambulance. Apparently, he uttered two curse words directed at the ambulance men.

Whilst he will not serve anything like seven years, this is surely not the point. Firstly, I find it difficult to fathom the justice, sense, decency or maturity in a justice system that sentences someone to jail for seven years for uttering two words – whatever they may be. Secondly, I am equally in awe of someone who will call the police and prosecute someone for, again, uttering two words – whatever they may be. Not forgetting, of course, that the man was on a stretcher on the way to an ambulance. Amazing.