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Jakarta Post

Aceh council passes bylaw on stoning adulterers to death

  • Hotli Simanjuntak


Jakarta   /   Tue, September 15 2009   /  12:11 pm

Defying strong objections from human rights groups and the provincial administration, the Aceh legislative council passed the Islamic criminal code Monday, allowing adulterers to be stoned to death. Under the new bylaw, homosexuality is also punishable by lengthy prison terms. The controversial ordinance will take effect within 30 days for both Muslims and non-Muslims accused of committing adulterous acts. The passed jinayat (forbidden due to Ahram) bylaw did not include corruption, thefts and bribery as punishable crimes. The bylaw, which reinforces Aceh's already strict Islamic ordinances, was endorsed in a plenary meeting two weeks before a new legislative led by the moderate Aceh Party was sworn in following a heavy defeat of conservative Muslim parties in local direct elections. Out of eight parties in the council, only the Democratic Party rejected capital ...