Thursday, March 28, 2019

Brunei Brutality

Brunei is to begin imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex and adultery from next week. From 3 April, individuals in the Asian kingdom will be subject to a draconian new penal code, which also includes the amputation of a hand and a foot for the crime of theft. The capital punishments are to be “witnessed by a group of Muslims.”

The Islamic legal system which imposes strict corporal punishments was a directive of the Sultan of Brunei, who is one of the world’s richest leaders with a personal wealth of about $20bn and has held the throne since 1967.

Alcohol is already banned in Brunei and there are fines and jail sentences for having children out of wedlock and failing to pray on a Friday.

Brunei was a British colony until 1984 and the two countries still enjoy strong ties.

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