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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:34 AM IST

Brunei to punish adultery with death by stoning

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Bandar Seri Begawan: Brunei will punish homosexual sex and adultery with death by stoning under a new law, which comes into effect next week. From April 3, any individual found guilty of the offences will be stoned to death in the small southeast Asian nation, according to a new penal code. The punishment will be “witnessed by a group of Muslims,” the BBC reported on Thursday.

The new laws were announced in 2014, and have been rolled out gradually. The brutal new provisions were quietly announced on the Brunei attorney general’s website on December 29, 2018. Human rights groups were quick to express horror at the penal code, which also provides for amputation as a punishment for theft.

“Brunei must immediately halt its plans to implement these vicious punishments and revise its penal code in compliance with its human rights obligations. The international community must urgently condemn Brunei’s move to put these cruel penalties into practice,” Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei Researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement. There was an international outcry when Brunei became the first country in the region to adopt sharia law in 2014, an Islamic legal system that outlines strict corporal punishments. Brunei has grown conservative in recent years, including banning the sale
of alcohol.

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Published on: Friday, March 29, 2019, 05:16 AM IST
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