Kuala Lumpur— Adultery and gay sex in Brunei will be subject to death by stoning from next week, authorities say, under a strict Sharia law that has been on hold for four years amid heavy criticism. Rights groups reacted in horror on Wednesday to the latest hardline move from the resource-rich nation on Borneo, which practises a stricter brand of Islam than its neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia. The tiny sultanate will implement the harsh new penal code — which also prescribes amputation of a hand and foot for theft —next Wednesday. Homosexuality is already illegal in Brunei, but it will now become a capital offence. The law only applies to Muslims. The new penalty for theft is amputation of the right hand for a first offence, and the left foot for a second offence. Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Brunei to “immediately halt” implementing the new penalties. “To legalise such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself,” Brunei researcher Rachel Chhoa-Howard said. “So...

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