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Member of ulema council that helps oversee Aceh’s sharia caned for adultery

Nov 1, 2019

By the Jakarta Post

A member of the Aceh Ulema Council (MPU), which oversees the implementation of sharia in the province, was publicly caned in Banda Aceh after he was caught alone with a woman who was not his wife.

As punishment, the man, Mukhlis bin Muhammad, received 28 lashes with a cane in Banda Aceh’s Taman Sari on Thursday, while the woman, Nurmawati Binti Abdurrahman, received 25 lashes, Antara news agency reported.

The Banda Aceh Sharia Court found the two guilty of adultery and of violating Aceh’s Qanun Jinayat (Islamic criminal code bylaw) after the two were caught together inside a car parked at Ulee Lheu Beach on Sept. 25, the Banda Aceh mayor’s assistant, Bakhtiar, said.

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