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Aceh’s dual system leads to murky jurisprudence: Study

A Christian man is publicly caned by a member of the Sharia police, after he was caught gambling, in Banda Aceh on February 8, 2021.(AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)
Budi Sutrisno and Ina Parlina
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Jakarta   ●   Wed, May 5 2021

Notwithstanding the enforcement of sharia law and the Qanun Jinayat (Islamic criminal code) in Aceh, the local courts have remained under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, which has led to complicated judicial developments in the province, an independent study has found.

The Aceh Project by Waskito Jati takes a data-driven approach to the implementation of sharia in the province, which involved fieldwork over two separate periods between 2017 and 2020. The activist and researcher worked primarily with women’s rights group Solidaritas Perempuan Aceh (Aceh Women’s Solidarity) and the Banda Aceh Legal Aid Founda...

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