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Aceh police cane three for gambling

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jantho, Aceh Besar   /   Sat, June 26 2010   /  12:14 pm

Three Daya Daboh men were caned Friday on charges that they  were gambling in the front of Al Munawarah Mosque in Jantho, Aceh, under a penalty dictated by Islamic sharia law.Muktar Rahmadi, Hasbi Bin Acek and Suherman were arrested with 18 other people last month for gambling at a card game during a wedding ceremony. The trio each received seven strokes of the cane. A fourth defendant, Yasin Bin Usman, was not caned because of an illness.Police confiscated a deck of playing cards and Rp 2,861,000 (US$314) in cash at the crime scene.
“They killed time by playing cards while waiting for the next morning, when they planned to slaughter a cow,” Aceh police detective chief Agung Prasetyo said. Zulkifli, a government official, said the caning would deter future criminal activity.Caning has been a penalty for criminal offenses in Aceh since 2003, as part of the province’s impleme...