Crimes punishable by death in the UAE include…apostasy

But wait! I thought all the learned analysts had assured us that there is no death penalty for apostasy in Islam! Isn't that right, Dr. Bassiouni? Mr. Kruse? Ms. Heagney?

Sharia Alert from the modern, moderate UAE: "Death Penalty: UAE; Man Who Murdered Lover's Husband Sentenced," from ANSAmed, May 3 (thanks to Insubria):

(ANSAmed) - DUBAI, MAY 3 - The court of first instance of the Sharjah emirate (one of the United Arab Emirates) has sentenced a man to death for killing the his lover's husband, reports the local press. The accused, a 27-year-old Indian, beat to death and then used acid to disfigure his lover's husband, and then left the body in the desert. The 26-year-old woman, also of Indian origin, has been given a life sentence in prison for acting as an accomplice. The number of death sentences issued since the beginning of the year in the United Arab Emirates in now 10. Crimes punishable by death in the UAE include murder, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking. However, the sentences are rarely carried out. (ANSAmed).

All it would take would be an Islamic rigorist in power to change that.

May 3rd, 2010
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