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Kuwait lawmaker faces charges over alcohol remark

Kuwaiti lawmaker to face charges of insulting nation after remark about alcohol in parliament

Kuwait lawmaker faces charges over alcohol remark

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A member of Kuwait's parliament is facing charges of insulting the nation after saying he supports legalizing the sale of alcohol in the predominantly Muslim country.

Nabil al-Fadhl told The Associated Press that controversy was sparked after he first proposed repealing a law that bans dancing at public music concerts and festivals.

Al-Fadhl says he was asked in parliament by an Islamist lawmaker if that means he would also support legalizing the sale of alcohol during concerts.

He says he replied by saying: "Why not?"

Al-Fadhl says an Islamist lawyer has filed charges against him over the remark.

Al-Fadhl, who is an independent lawmaker, says that despite his personal views, he isn't proposing a bill to legalize the sale of alcohol, which has been illegal in Kuwait since 1964.


Updated : 2021-09-21 19:36 GMT+08:00