Brunei. According to
Countryaah, Brunei will introduce sharia laws in 2014, Sultan
Hassanal Bolkiah announced in October. The new laws can mean
the death penalty through stoning for infidelity, amputation
of a hand for theft and punishment for anyone who has drunk
alcohol or performed an abortion. The Sultan, who for many
years prepared the new legislation, said Sharia law should
be seen as a "special guidance" of God. The Shari'a laws are
to be phased in in spring 2014. They only apply to the
country's Muslims, who make up two-thirds of the population.
With the new laws, the Sultan wants to strengthen the
influence of Islam in society. In the past, he has made
mandatory religious education for Muslim children and that
companies should stay closed during Friday prayers.
Brunei has harsher alcohol laws than the Muslim neighbors
Malaysia and Indonesia. The sale and consumption of alcohol
is prohibited. Criminal punishment already exists in
Brunei's secular laws regarding immigration crimes.
Alongside the civil courts, there have already been sharia
courts, but so far they have only addressed civil law issues
relating to inheritance and divorce.