Brunei: Muslims commit Adultery and gay sex will be stoned to death

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Pic by (Says)

Brunei: From next week on, Muslims caught committing adultery or gay or lesbian sex will be subject to death by stoning. Brunei authorities said.

Brunei will become the first Asian Country to stone LGBT  people to death for same-sex activity.

The tiny sultanate will implement the harsh new penal code – which also prescribes amputation of a hand and foot for theft – next Wednesday.

Homosexuality is already illegal in Brunei but it will now become a capital offence, under a more strict Sharia law. The law only applies to Muslims.

The new penalty for theft is amputation of the right hand for a first offence, and the left foot for a second offence.

Rights groups reacted in horror Wednesday to the latest hardline move.

Amnesty International Wednesday urged Brunei to “immediately halt” implementing the new penalties.

“To legalise such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself,” Brunei researcher Rachel Chhoa-Howard said in a statement.

“Some of the potential ‘offences’ should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender.”

A notice on Brunei’s Attorney General’s Chambers dated December 29 last year said the provisions will take effect on April 3.

Brunei first announced the measures in 2013 but implementation has been delayed as officials worked out the practical details and in the teeth of opposition by rights groups.

Under a shift towards hardline Islamic law, Brunei in 2015 banned excessive Christmas celebrations for fear that Muslims could be led astray. –NST/AFP

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