Brunei says it will not enforce death penalty for gay sex in dramatic U-turn after widespread criticism

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation barring gay sex 

  • Maya Oppenheim @mayaoppenheim
  • Brunei has announced it will not enforce the death penalty for gay sex – a significant U-turn on policy for which it faced widespread criticism. 

The small southeast Asian country’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah extended a moratorium on the sentence in a bid to alleviate an international backlash led by high-profile individuals such as George Clooney and Sir Elton John.

Brunei provoked an uproar when it rolled out its interpretation of Islamic laws, or Sharia, on 3 April, punishing sodomy, adultery and rape with death, including by stoning.

The tiny oil-rich state has consistently defended its right to implement the laws, elements of which were first adopted in 2014 and which have been rolled out in phases since then.

But in a rare response to criticism levied at the country, the sultan said the death penalty would not be imposed in the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO).

more:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/brunei-death-penalty-gay-sex-law-stoning-sharia-sultan-hassanal-bolkiah-a8900636.html

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