John M. Becker

Sharia Law Starts Tomorrow in Brunei

Filed By John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Brunei, death penalty, Sharia, Sharia law, sodomy, stoning, stoning to death

sultan-of-brunei.jpgThe implementation of Brunei's barbaric new Sharia-based penal code, which was postponed last week after a global outcry, begins tomorrow.

The BBC reports that the code will be phased in in three stages, and that stonings -- for "crimes" like homosexuality" -- will be introduced in 2015 during the final phase:

The move - delayed from last week - came from the Sultan.

"Today... I place my faith in and am grateful to Allah the almighty to announce that tomorrow, Thursday 1 May 2014, will see the enforcement of Sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases," AFP news agency quoted him as saying.

The penal code will be introduced over three years, with offences in the first phase covered by fines and prison sentences, the Brunei Times reported.

Amputations come under the second phase, and stoning, for crimes including adultery and homosexual acts, under the third phase.

When he announced it last year the Sultan, 67, one of the world's wealthiest men, called the code "a part of the great history of our nation."

The United Nations has condemned Brunei's new Sharia law code as "cruel, inhuman," and "clearly prohibited" under international law.

UPDATE: the Human Rights Campaign reacts:

"LGBT citizens in many countries around the world remain persistent targets of harassment, arrest, violence, and torture for simply being who they are," said Ty Cobb, director of Global Engagement at the Human Rights Campaign. "The decision by the government of Brunei to soon become the 8th nation to allow the death penalty against LGBT people is horrific and sickening."

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