Stoning, Flogging and Severing of Limbs to Be Introduced in Brunei

Brunei

The Muslim Times is promoting secularism in every country of the world

Editor’s note: This news is from 2013 but is almost equally true today.

Time: The Sultan of Brunei announced on Tuesday the gradual introduction of harsh Islamic punishments, such as death by stoning for adulterers, severing of limbs for theft and flogging for a wide range of crimes including abortion and consumption of alcohol.

The amendment is the latest step in the wealthy, all-powerful monarch Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s move towards a conservative Islamic state, but will only apply to the Southeast Asian nation’s majority Muslim population, Agence France-Presse reports.

Aiming to ameliorate fears of an overly punitive Shari‘a system, top officials promised two years ago, when the laws were being planned, that there would be an extremely high burden of proof for applicable criminal cases, and that judges would be endowed with wide discretion.

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