Sultan of Brunei announces Syariah law to start Thursday

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: The Sultan of Brunei announced that a controversial new penal code featuring tough Islamic criminal punishments that has been criticised by United Nations (UN) human rights officials would be phased in from Thursday.

“Today… I place my faith in and am grateful to Allah the almighty to announce that tomorrow, Thursday, May 1, 2014, will see the enforcement of Syariah law phase one, to be followed by the other phases,” Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a speech.

Syariah law penalties will be introduced over time and will eventually include flogging, severing of limbs and death by stoning for various c…
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