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Coll 25/18 'Orders-in-Council: Qatar: Jurisdiction over foreigners in Qatar' [‎10r] (19/635)

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The record is made up of 1 file (314 folios). It was created in 18 Jul 1935-8 Jun 1935. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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trade-marks, merchandise marks, copyright designs, or inventions, shall,
if done in Qatar by a person to whom this Order applies, be an offence
punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two
months, or with a fine which may extend to 1,000 rupees, or with both.
31.— (1) If any person to whom this Order applies:—
(i) Publicly derides, mocks or insults any religion, established or
observed within the limits of this Order; or
(ii) Publicly offers insult to any religious service, feast, or cere
mony established or kept in any place within those limits,
or to any place of worship, tomb, or sanctuary belonging to
any religion established or observed w’ithin those limits, or
belonging to the ministers or professors thereof; or
(iii) Publicly and wilfully commits any act tending to bring any
religion established or observed within those limits, or its
ceremonies, modes of worship, or observances into hatred,
ridicule, or contempt, and thereby to provoke a breach of
the public peace;
he shall be guiltv of an offence, and on conviction thereof liable to im
prisonment, which may extend to two years, with or without a fine not
exceeding 500 rupees, or to a fine alone not exceeding 500 rupees.
(2) The Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. shall take such precautionary measures as
seem to him proper and expedient for the prevention of such offences.
32. (1) If any person subject to this Order prints, publishes, or offers
for sale any printed or written newspaper or other publication containing
seditious matter, he shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction thereof
liable to imprisonment, which may extend to two years, with or without
a fine not exceeding 1,000 rupees or to a fine alone not exceeding 1,000
rupees, and may, in addition to, or in lieu of, any ether sentence, be
ordered to give security for good behaviour, or to be deported.
(2) Where any printed or written newspaper or other publication con
taining seditious matter is printed, published, or offered for sale within
the limits of this Order by a Company incorporated under the laws of
any part of His Majesty's dominions, protectorates, protected states or
mandated temtories, the Court may, after notice to the Company, and
on proof of the facts, require the Company to give security to abstain
from such printing, publishing, or offering for sale in future. If the Com
pany fail to give security, or if the Company is shown to have again
printed, published, or offered for sale such newspaper, or other publica
tion containing seditious matter after giving such security, the Court may
make an order prohibiting the Company from carrying on business wdthin
the limits of the Order, and may make such other orders as to the Court
may seem just. The Court may also declare all the property of the
Company within the limits of the Order to be forfeited to His Majesty,
and shall dispose of it, subject to any general or special directions of the
Secretary of State, as it thinks fit.
(3) Matter calculated to excite tumult or disorder, or to excite enmity
between persons subject to this Order and the Sheikh or Qatar subjects,
or between different classes of persons subject to this Order, or between
the Sheikh and Qatar subjects, shall be deemed to be seditious matter
within the meaning of this Article.

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Correspondence, minute papers, and notes relating to the issue of The Qatar Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). , 1939. The correspondence is mostly between officials at the Foreign Office, India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , and the Government of India, Foreign and Political Department (later, External Affairs). The papers concern the discussion of the need for the order, its drafting, issue, and distribution, as well as its revision in 1939.

Correspondence with the Shaikh of Qatar, Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], is also included and mostly relates to his wish for assurance of his jurisdiction over Muslim foreigners.

A copy of the order is found on folios 138-153. A copy of the Kuwait Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). is also included, for reference purposes (folios 271-86).

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1 file (314 folios)
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The file is arranged in chronological order from the back to the front.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 317; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 2-103 and ff 104-316. These are also both written in pencil and located in the top right corner of each folio. The former have been circled and crossed out, the latter have not been circled.

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