Brunei set to introduce death by stoning for adultery and gay sex

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The tiny, resource-rich sultanate has a population of just over 450,000 and is located on the island of Borneo, next to the more moderate Islamic nations of Indonesia and Malaysia. 

In comparison to its neighbours, Brunei has grown conservative in recent years, including banning the sale of alcohol and introducing stiff penalties for open and excessive Christmas celebrations, for fear that its Muslim population could be led astray. 

There was widespread international condemnation when Brunei first announced the roll-out of the Sharia penal code – an Islamic legal system which prescribes strict corporal punishments –  in 2014.

The implementation of the law has since been delayed as officials work out the practical details under heavy opposition from rights groups. 

A notice on Brunei’s Attorney General’s Chambers dated December 29 last year quietly announced that the provisions would take effect on April 3. 

However, a religious affairs ministry spokesman said on Wednesday that Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei’s leader, was expected to make an announcement on that date about the enforcement of Sharia.

 “Only after the event we will know regarding the date of the implementation of the new laws,” he told AFP. 



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