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Kuwaiti gov't sues local theatre over play that 'mocks Shia Islam'
August 6, 2014, 8:49 am

Kuwait’s Information Ministry has filed a lawsuit against a local theatre over its production of a play the government claims insults and undermines Shia Muslims, who are a minority in the country, Kuwait Times has reported.

Shia activists and MPs claim an actor mocked Shi’ism by raising a black flag and reciting Shia slogans in a mocking voice during at least one scene of the play Hagar, which has been running in the capital since the beginning of Eid Al Fitr.

The accused actor Khaled Bosakher, who is a Shia, publicly apologised on his Twitter account, saying he had not intended to insult anyone and was aiming to infuse comedy into the play, the newspaper said.

However, Shia MP Abdullah Al Tameemi condemned the play and called for immediate legal action. It was backed by MP Abdulhameed Dashti, who said legal action would safeguard national unity.

The National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters also has banned the play.

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