Brunei's 'stone the gays' law phased in today
BRUNEI: The first part of a law which calls for homosexuals to be stoned to death will be phased in by Hassanal Bolkiah - the Sultan of Brunei - today.
The law, which has been condemed by the UN and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Fry and Sharon Osbourne, who chose to boycott the Sultan's hotel chain The Dorchester Group, will be phased in over a two-year period.
Entitled Sharia-law, the law operates in three phases with the initial phase seeing an increase in fines and prison sentences for various crimes, the Brunei Times reports.
Amputations come under the second phase and the third phase includes stoning for crimes including adultery and homosexual acts.
News agency AFP has quoted the Sultan as stating:
"Today... I place my faith in and am grateful to Allah the almighty to announce that tomorrow, Thursday 1 May 2014, will see the enforcement of Sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases."
[Image] Brunei's Sultan delivers a speech during the official ceremony of the implementation of Sharia law. Photo: (AFP)