Irish woman sentenced to seven years for throwing copy of Quran in Qatar

June 9, 2010
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An Irish woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison after she was convicted of throwing the Quran at the women’s mosque at Doha airport nine months ago.

According to the testimony of female cleaning workers, the accused on September 14 entered the mosque “wearing indecent clothes, took a copy of the holy book and threw it on the floor.”

The woman reportedly asked the workers’ supervisor, an Egyptian, about the reason some of the staff were resting on the mosque floor and then threw a copy of the Quran, saying that nothing in the book said it was prohibited to do so.

The Irish woman had told the public prosecution that the copy of the Quran fell “by mistake” from her hands, adding that she belonged to all religions.

The 39-year-old woman who had been bailed out did not attend the trial.

The judges said the witnesses’ testimonies during pre-trial investigations were “reliable” and convicted the accused.

Explaining the seven-year imprisonment verdict, the court said that it was handed down after taking into consideration the gravity of the woman’s behaviour.

The court ruled that the woman would have to leave Qatar after serving the prison term.

         

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