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Brunei's 'stone the gays' law phased in today
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Brunei's 'stone the gays' law phased in today

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:31 Written by // Sabine Brix

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)

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Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

Comments (3)

  • john yates

    02 May 2014 at 06:37 |
    Are you commenting on the enforcement of Sharia Law itself or the stoning J. Maclaren. Are you really an AJ?
  • Dave

    01 May 2014 at 13:35 |
    One again GLBTI Folk are to be exterminated, put to horrible death, once again our government turns a blind eye. We are killed because those that have power, refuse to act, in Australia.
  • Lt. J. MacLaren

    01 May 2014 at 12:25 |
    Bravo!

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