- Title: Two men sentenced to 85 lashes of the cane for having sex together in Indonesia
- Date: 17th May 2017
- Summary: ACEH, INDONESIA (MAY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF COURT BUILDING SIGN READING (Bahasa Indonesia): "BANDA ACEH SHARIA COURT" DEFENDANTS, MUHAMMAD HABIBI AND MUHAMMAD TAUFIK WALKING INTO COURT ROOM HABIBI AND TAUFIK ESCORTED INTO PRISON CELL HABIBI WALKING INTO THE COURT ROOM VARIOUS OF HABIBI SITTING JUDGES SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) PRESIDING JUDGE KHAIRIL JAMAL SAYING: "The court has decided to reduce the detention sentence." TAUFIK ENTERING COURT ROOM COURT OFFICIAL'S SITTING TAUFIK FACING THE JUDGES TAUFIK'S FEET TAUFIK SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) PRESIDING JUDGE KHAIRIL JAMAL SAYING: "The court hereby sentences Muhammad Taufik to 85 canings." TAUFIK ESCORTED OUT OF COURT ROOM
- Embargoed: 31st May 2017 12:14
- Keywords: court caning gay LGBT Aceh Indonesia
- Location: ACEH, INDONESIA
- City: ACEH, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA0016H87LFP
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Two Indonesian men have been sentenced by an Islamic court to 85 lashes of the cane for having gay sex, judges in the conservative province of Aceh said on Wednesday (May 17), ignoring pleas for clemency from rights groups.
The public caning handed down by a panel of judges is the first time anti-homosexuality laws introduced in 2014 have been used in the province. The sentence was more severe than the 80 lashes requested by the prosecutor.
The two men had opted to represent themselves in court and said they would not appeal the verdict.
Aceh is the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia that criminalizes same-sex relations and that uses sharia as its legal code in addition to the national criminal code.
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