Kuala Lumpur: Brunei has defended its right to carry out Islamic law, which would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality against growing global criticism.
Brunei, a Muslim majority of the former British protectorate with a population of about 400,000, will implement Sharia law of April 3, punishing sodomy, adultery, rape and the death penalty, including by stoning, and theft with the amputation.
Laws, the elements of which the first was made in 2014 and which have been rolled out in phases since, will be fully & # 39; the amount of the next week, the office Prime Minister & # 39; er minister said in a statement on Saturday (30 March) .
«The (Sharia) law, in addition to criminal prosecution and deterrence of acts contrary to the teachings of Islam, and also focus on training, respect and protect the legitimate rights of all individuals, society or nationality of all faiths and races," the statement said.
Some aspects of the law will be applied to non-Muslims.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 72, with & # 39 is the second longest reigning monarch in the world, and with the & # 39 is the premier & # 39; er-Minister of the oil-rich country. He is considered one of the richest men in the world.
Brunei, the neighbors two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, already uses Islamic teachings more strictly than Malaysia and Indonesia and other Muslim majority countries in Southeast Asia. The sale of alcohol is prohibited and Evangelism of other religions is prohibited.
The country does not hold elections, but any dissatisfaction dispelled with generous state police, including zero taxes, subsidized housing, as well as free health care and education.
Expected introduction of Islamic law measures provoked widespread criticism. Politicians in Europe and the United States attacked the plans and expressed concern Brunei.
"KOSTOCHKOVYBIVNYE people to death for homosexuality or adultery is appalling and immoral," the former US Vice-President Joe Biden in Twitter post Friday. "There is no excuse – not culture, not tradition – for this kind of hatred and inhumanity."
Oscar-winning actor George Clooney called for a boycott of luxury hotels, which are owned by the Brunei Investment Company, such as the Beverly Hills Hotel, Dorchester in London and Plaza Athenee in Paris.