Did Indonesian Province Just Considered Beheading As Murder Punishment?

The preservationist Indonesian territory of Aceh, which as of now completes open caning of gAAy individuals, philanderers and speculators, is thinking about the presentation of beheading as a punishment for murder, a top Islamic law official has said.

Syukri M Yusuf, the leader of Aceh’s shariah law and human rights office, said the commonplace government had requested that his office look into decapitating as a technique for execution under Islamic law and to consult public opinion.

“Beheading is more in line with Islamic law and will cause a deterrent effect. A strict punishment is made to save human beings,” Yusuf told reporters. “We will begin to draft the law when our academic research is completed.”

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Aceh is the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia to practise shariah law, a concession made by the central government in 2005 to end a decades-long war for independence.

Its implementation has become increasingly harsh and also applies to non-Muslims. Last year, the province for the first time caned two men as punishment for gAAy sex after vigilantes broke into their home and handed them over to religious police.

Yusuf said if shariah law was consistently applied, then crime, particularly murder, would decrease significantly or disappear.

He said punishment for murderers had in practice been “relatively mild” and they could re-offend after release from prison. He pointed to Saudi Arabia as an example to follow in carrying out severe punishment for murder.

Indonesia has the death penalty for crimes such as murder and drug trafficking, which it carries out by firing squad. Its last executions were in July 2016, when three Nigerians and one Indonesian convicted of drug offences were shot on the Nusa Kambangan prison island.

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