BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Brunei s sultan called for “stronger” Islamic teachings in the country on Wednesday as tough new sharia laws, including death by stoning for homo-sex and adultery, were due to come into force.
“I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger,” all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a public address near the capital Bandar Seri Begawan.
Under the new laws, thieves could also have their right hand amputated for a first offence and the left foot for a second.
“Anyone who comes to visit this country will have a sweet experience, and enjoy the safe and harmonious environment,” the sultan told an audience in a convention centre, in an address to mark a special date in the Islamic calendar.
The punishments – which also apply to children – are in new sections under Brunei’s Sharia Penal Code.