Posted by: becketfund | October 27, 2009

Indonesia: Government Refuses to Approve Banda Aceh Law on Adultery

BANDA ACEH – Officials have announced that they will review a law enacted by the former Aceh Legislative Council on September 14, which authorizes the stoning to death of adulterers, AFP reported on October 27. “The governor has refused to sign the by-law because of the stoning (provision), which is identical to a death sentence,” Aceh government spokesman Abdul Hamid Zein told AF. However Moharriadi Syafari, from the influential Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), claims that the law had automatically come into force in the middle of October, or 30 days after it was approved by the outgoing parliament.

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