Brunei sultan introduces strict sharia penal code

Westerners have little concept of what it is to live under a super strict religious penal code.  Even during colonial time witch hunts, the penalties were comparatively  mild. Reformation laws sometimes come close, but were much more spotty.

The nation of Brunei is mostly Islamic in religion.  Sharia law was been around since islamic beginnings in the 600’s AD. Brunei shares a Southeast Asian island with Indonesia, a much more populous nation, and also mostly Islamic. If you want an idea of what Sharia law means (and several groups have requested this within the USA, read on.staring bird Fr. Orthohippo


The sultan of Brunei reportedly announced strict Islamic criminal punishments to go into effect May 1.

“With faith and gratitude to Allah the almighty, I declare that tomorrow, Thursday 1 May 2014, will see the enforcement of sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases,” Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a royal decree Wednesday, according to The Guardian.

The penalties reportedly will include flogging, severing of limbs and death by stoning. 

The initial phase introduces jail terms of fines for indecent behavior, failure to attend Friday prayers and out-of-wedlock pregnancies, The Guardian reported. 

The second phase, which will be implemented later in 2014, includes the stricter penalties for theft and robbery. 

Death by stoning will be introduced next year for offenses including sodomy and adultery, the report said. 

Brunei is the first country in east or southeast Asia to implement a sharia penal code on a national level.

Click for more from The Guardian.


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