Brunei’s harsh Sharia law on GAY aimed at ‘prevention’

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Bandar Seri Begawan, April 12 :  Brunei has defended its move to implement Sharia law, saying it was “about prevention rather than punishment”, after global condemnation of its decision to implement the strict Islamic code under which adultery and sex between men is punishable by stoning to death.

The kingdom said there would be a “high threshold” for evidence in these type of cases, suggesting punishment would be rare. The UN had called the punishments “cruel and inhuman”.

In response to the UN criticism, Brunei’s Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof in a statement on Thursday said that Sharia law “focuses more on prevention than punishment. Its aim is to educate, deter, rehabilitate and nurture rather than to punish”, the BBC reported.

The statement also said that “Sharia does not criminalize based on sexual orientation or belief, including same-sex relations”.

The criminalization of “adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage of individual Muslims, particularly women”, according to the statement.

It said for the maximum punishments of amputation or death to be carried out in the case of certain crimes, at least two men of “high moral standing and piety” would have to bear witness.

“These men would have to live up to ‘extremely high’ standards, making it (extremely) difficult to find one in this day and age,” it added.

UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that he had spoken to the Bruneian Foreign Minister who had suggested that Sharia prosecutions were, in practice, “unlikely”.

Under the second phase of Sharia law that was implemented on April 3, individuals accused of certain acts will be convicted if they confess or if there were witnesses present.

Offences such as rape, adultery, sodomy, robbery and insult or defamation of the Prophet Muhammad will carry the maximum penalty of death.

Lesbian sex carries a different penalty of 40 strokes of the cane and/or a maximum of 10 years in jail. The maximum punishment for theft is amputation.

The first phase of Sharia law was implemented in 2014.(IANS)

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  1. In response to the UN criticism, Brunei’s Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof in a statement on Thursday said that Sharia law “focuses more on prevention than punishment. Its aim is to educate, deter, rehabilitate and nurture rather than to punish”, the BBC reported.

    No Islamic scholar could have put it any better! SubhanAllah, hats off…

    Stupid UN is encouraging homosexuality on instructions of Zionists to destroy modesty and family in the world…

    Is the UN encouraging sodomy–“anal sex” in males—leading to rampant HIV, Human papilloma virus (HPV) anal cancers in passive partners and psychological humiliation as it is actually akin to rape for the victim…

    Now In addition to teenage girls, UN and WHO also wants teenage boys to have HPV vaccine to prevent anal sex-related cancers…

    How many families do you want to break by these filthy inhuman practices you encourage through immoral movies, pop albums, shameless media and now even children video games and internet sites full of violence..

    Rather these poor people need wise caring support, counselling , media de-addiction and retraining to come back to their natural human state/fitrah…

    The punishment will be extremely rare only in explicit openly witnessed crime, Shariah needs four eye-witnesses for conviction…which is only possible in shameless public illicit crime..
    So the strict punishment for this sick crime of sodomy is mainly a deterrent for mainly male offenders.
    Females lesbians if witnessed by 4 eye-witnesses who testify in court, will get only 40 to 100 strokes as punishment.
    Tawbah/repentance is always possible till the sun rises from the east before doomsday…Sahih Hadith…
    Conviction should be kept secret to allow victims to reintegrate into society as productive citizen who has potential to settle into family life…

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