23 Oct 2013

Brunei's sultan brings in tough new sharia laws

9:58 am on 23 October 2013

The Sultan of Brunei has announced tough new Islamic punishments as part of a new sharia penal code.

The punishments include death by stoning for adultery, flogging for drinking alcohol, and severing of limbs for theft.

The 67-year-old sultan has presided over a shift to more conservative Islam and anti-sedition laws in recent years.

Support for other religions, and the sale of alcohol is strictly forbidden.

The oil-rich kingdom, with a population of just over 400,000, has been ruled by the monarchy for six centuries.