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Brunei`s sultan widens usage of Sharia

Islamic criminal law would be used widely in Brunai

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Brunei`s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Photo: DW/Reuters news

Brunei's sultan says he plans to extend Sharia, or Islamic law, in the oil-rich eastern Asian kingdom in next six months. Penalties could include amputation and stoning. Human Rights Watch says the move is "abhorrent."

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah told a legal conference in the Borneo island kingdom on Tuesday that Islamic criminal law would be used widely. Brunei's Islamic court had previously used Sharia mainly for family-related disputes.

The Asia deputy director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch, Phil Robertson, described the legal changes planned by the monarch as "abhorrent and absolutely unjustifiable."

Bolkiah told the conference in Brunei's capital Bandar Seri Begawan that the changes would "come into force six months hereafter and in phases."

"By the grace of Allah, with the coming into effect of this legislation, our duty to Allah is therefore being fulfilled," said the sultan, who also holds the post of prime minister. more...

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