Friday, March 16, 2012

Egypt: MP calls for application of the Qur'an and sharia in certain criminal penalties

MP Adel Azzazy is calling for the amputation of opposite hands and feet or crucifixion in cases of murder, armed robbery and vandalism.  In keeping with his status as a member of the Salafists (Al Nour party) his insistence on sharia punishment follows the party dogma.  Nothing to see here, move along now...

From the Egypt Independent March 16 

MP proposes Sharia punishments for murder, theft crimes

The People’s Assembly Proposals and Complaints Committee discussed in a meeting Tuesday a bill proposed by MP Adel Azzazy from the Salafi-orientedNour Party that would apply Islamic law for certain crimes.
The proposed law calls for the application of “Heraba,” an Islamic penalty for criminal actions that include overt robbery, murder, forcible taking of property with a weapon and vandalizing public facilities.
The penalties according to Azzazy’s bill are execution in the case of murder, or cutting one arm and one leg from opposite sides of the culprit’s body in the cases of robbery and forcible taking of property. If the taking of possessions is accompanied by murder, the penalty would be death or crucifixion, to be determined by the judge.
The bill also stipulates imprisonment for intimidating citizens, and that the prison sentence will end when the felon repents.
These penalties would only be imposed on adult, mentally stable wrongdoers who either commit the crimes or assist in carrying them out, according to the bill.
Policemen are entitled to treat felons with force after warning them, and are also entitled to shoot them dead. But if they surrender or are wounded, policemen are obliged not to hurt them, the proposed law says.
Street corner justice, Islam style.
Stolen possessions should be returned to their owners, the law says, but it stipulates that if their owners are unknown, they should be put in the state's treasury. For murders, citizens affected by the crime should be given the options of retribution, receiving compensation or granting amnesty.
This is God’s law and is not optional,” Azzazy said, commenting on his proposal. “The current penalties are not deterrent enough.”
There is no separation of mosque and state in Islam, thus the problem with integrating sharia law into Western common law.
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