Brunei Defends Its Sharia Policy

Brunei’s Foreign Ministry has said implementing sharia law is about prevention rather than punishment.

Brunei speaks on the issue after intense criticism of its decision to implement the strict Islamic code.

The UN had called the punishments “cruel and inhuman”.

Under the new laws, adultery and sex between men is punishable by stoning to death.

Brunei clarified that for the maximum punishments of amputation or death to be carried out in the case of certain crimes, at least two men of “high moral standing and piety” would have to bear witness.

UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt also said on Thursday he had spoken to the Bruneian Foreign Minister who had suggested that Sharia prosecutions were, in practice, unlikely.

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