Brunei delays punishing gay sex with death by stoning

Southeast AsiaOn Apr 22, 2014 Gay Star News reported: United Nations has appealed to Brunei to delay the penal code that will introduce death by stoning for several crimes including homosexuality

Brunei has said it has delayed a law punishing gay sex by stoning, but said it will happen ‘in the very near future’.

The predominantly Muslim nation of south-east Asia has faced international criticism after adopting a new penal code calling for death by stoning for several crimes.

This includes homosexuality, adultery, rape, and declaring oneself to be non-Muslim.

The implementation of the harsh Islamic punishments was due to begin today (22 April).

No confirmed new date was given for the start of the punishments, which will also eventually include flogging and the severing of limbs.

Jauyah Zaini, assistant director of Brunei’s Islamic Legal Unit, was quoted by the Brunei Times as saying implementation had been delayed ‘due to unavoidable circumstances’. He did not elaborate nor give a new date.  Continued

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