Strict Qatari laws revealed ahead of World Cup, to avoid minor offenses

Strict Qatari laws revealed ahead of World Cup, to avoid minor offenses

According to plans being created by officials for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the conservative Muslim host country of Qatar, spectators familiar with the Qatari briefings have reportedly stated that those who are found committing minor infractions like public intoxication will not be prosecuted.

Although the tournament's enforcement plan hasn't been finalized, organizers have informed diplomats and police from qualified countries that they would be lenient for relatively trivial misconducts. The rules are to be announced ahead of the competition that officially begins in less than two months.

Furthermore, the signs illustrate the delicate balance that Qatar, a small Arab nation, is trying to maintain between upholding Islamic customs and cooperating with the boisterous enthusiasm of more than a million visiting soccer fans.

However, the event's planners have not publicly explained their enforcement strategy, and numerous embassies have cautioned spectators that they are liable for penalties in case of inappropriate actions that probably would be accepted elsewhere.

In similar context, American diplomat Morgan Cassell alerted people to behave appropriately through a YouTube video saying, "Remember, while you're in Qatar, you are subject to local laws,"

For those unversed, the legal code of Qatar prohibits homosexuality, restricts freedom of expression, and forbids performing intercourse outside of marriage. Public intoxication can result in a prison sentence of up to six months, and behaviors that could be seen as harmless elsewhere, such as public displays of affection or wearing skimpy clothing, may be cause for arrest.

While internal sources claim that minor crimes won't result in fines or arrests, it is possible that officers might approach a person and request compliance.

Informally, they have told police from European nations that have qualified for the event and diplomats in Doha to expect the home-ground police to be flexible in enforcing other regulations, including those against public intoxication and disruption.

It is worth noting that officials have requested each qualified country to send at least four policemen to the tournament who will assist in dealing with millions of aficionados.

Source Credit: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/exclusive-qatar-planning-world-cup-fans-avoid-prosecution-minor-offences-sources-2022-09-21/