Aceh passes adultery stoning law
- 14 September 2009 12:57 UK
Aceh passes adultery stoning lawAbout 98% of Aceh's population is thought to be Muslim
Indonesia's province of Aceh has passed a new law making adultery punishable by stoning to death, a member of the province's parliament has said.
The law was passed unanimously by Aceh's regional legislature, said assembly member Bahrom Rasjid.
Opponents had tried to delay the law, saying more debate was needed because it imposes capital punishment.
Sharia law was partially introduced in Aceh in 2001, as part of a government offer to pacify separatist rebels.
A peace deal in 2005 ended the 30-year separatist insurgency, and many of the former rebels have now entered Aceh's government.
"This law will be effective in 30 days with or without the approval of Aceh's governor," said Bahrom Rasjid.
The governor of Aceh, a former rebel with the Free Aceh Movement, is opposed to strict Sharia law. He had urged more debate over the bill.
Married people convicted of adultery can be sentenced to death by stoning. Unmarried people can be sentenced to 100 lashes with a cane.
The law also imposes severe sentences for rape, homosexuality, alcohol consumption and gambling.