World news: Stoning as a punishment for same sex marriages in Brunei

By: Samuel Chua

In Malaysia, Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese woman accused of using a nerve agent to assassinate the half-brother of north Korean leader Kim Jong Un escaped the death penalty.

She accepted a lesser charge of “causing hurt by a dangerous weapon”.

On Monday, Malaysian prosecutors offered to reduce the murder charge against Huong, who is the only suspect still behind bars following the release of her co accused last month.

The judge sentenced Huong to three years and four months in jail starting from her date of arrest in February 2017 but Huong’s lawyer said that he expected she could be released as early as May this year. 

Starting April 3rd, 2019, the country of Brunei announces that the punishment of gay sex and adultery will include death by stoning.

This harsh new penal code will start this Thursday and the move is part of an implementation of Sharia Law.

Other punishments like the amputation of a hand and a foot for the crime of theft will also be installed.

Human rights group were quick to express their horror with Amnesty International urging Brunei to immediately halt the implementation of the new penalties which they call vicious and inhumane.