The Penal Code (Act No. 11 of 2004) [L1.4]
Sexual acts with a female over the age of 16 are prohibited by article 281, while sexual acts with a male are prohibited by article 284 (Quaere: Article 285).
The penalty is up to seven years imprisonment for both female and male acts.
Article 296 criminalises ”leading, instigating or seducing a male in any way to commit sodomy” and ”inducing or seducing a male or female in any way to commit illegal or immoral actions” with a penalty of between one and three years imprisonment. The term ”immoral actions” is undefined [R1.3].
Along with the civil Penal Code also Islamic Sharia law is in force in Qatar, although only applicable to Muslims.
The offence of “Zina” makes any sexual act by a married person outside of marriage punishable by death, while sexual acts by non-married persons are punish by flogging – both offences no matter if they were heterosexual or homosexual.
In January 1998, the Philippine Embasy reported that Qatar was in the process of deporting all foreign homosexuals [R1.2].
On 29 October 1997 Qatar police ordered the deportation of 20 Filipino men suspected of homosexual activity [R1.1].