Adulterers face stoning in Indonesia`s Aceh
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Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009, 20:16
Banda Aceh: Muslims who commit adultery can be stoned to death under a new Sharia law approved today by lawmakers in Indonesia's staunchly Islamic province of Aceh.

The law -- which also criminalises offences including rape, the consumption of alcohol and gambling -- was passed unanimously in the province on the northern tip of Sumatra Island.

"All parties agreed unanimously to pass the bill into a law, including the article stipulating the punishment of death by stoning," parliamentary special hearing chairman Bachron M Rasyid told reporters.

"This law will be effective in 30 days with or without the approval of Aceh's governor," he said.

The law replaces elements of the civil code with sharia or Islamic law. It stipulates punishments of up to 100 lashes of the cane for unmarried people who commit adultery and death by stoning for married people.

The administration of Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf, a former rebel fighter of the separatist Free Aceh Movement, is opposed to the strict sharia law. It had urged a delay in the bill's deliberation.

Aceh had previously only partially adopted sharia law, enforcing modest Muslim dress codes, mandatory prayers five times a day, fasting and the giving of alms to the poor.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 14, 2009, 20:16

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