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Men accused of being gay sentenced to be publicly caned 85 times in Aceh

One of the men wept in court as his sentence was read out

Men accused of being gay sentenced to be publicly caned 85 times in Aceh
One of the men accused of homosexuality in Aceh as the judge reads his sentence. Photo: Detik.com

Two men in their twenties will be the first to be caned for homosexuality in Indonesia’s Aceh province.

The men aged 20 and 23 were accused of being gay and having sex with each other after their neighbours tipped them off to police.

They were sentenced on Wednesday morning to 85 lashses. Both men will remain in custody while their sentence is carried out.

Indonesia’s Aceh province was allowed to have special bylaws known as Jinayah Law in 2006. It implemented the laws regarding homosexuality in 2014 ago and allow local courts to try citizens under Islamic Sharia Law.

One of the men cried as his sentence was read out, while the other asked the judges for a lighter sentence.

Prosecutors had originally asked for the men to be sentenced to 80 lashes without a prison term. But the three judges ruling in the case settled on the 85 lashes.

Judge Khairil Jamal said the accused were ‘legally and convincingly proven to be guilty, and the defendant’s punishment will be 85 lashes’.

It is the first time anyone in Aceh has been convicted of homosexual acts.

Two women were arrested in 2015 on suspicion of being lesbians but charges were later dropped.


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