Source: Washington Post
HONG KONG — The sultan of Brunei said his country would not impose the death penalty, appearing to back away from harsh punishments including death by stoning for gay sex and adultery under strict new laws that took effect last month.
Speaking Sunday in a televised address, his first comments since the laws were enacted amid significant international backlash, he noted that Brunei has had a “de facto moratorium” on the death penalty under common law.
This moratorium, he said, will also be extended to cases under the new sharia-influenced (Islamic law) penal code.
“I am aware that there are all sorts of questions and misconceptions on the implementation” of the laws, the sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, said. “For that, we have given clarification. We are conscious of the fact that these misconceptions may cause apprehension.”