Brunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU

Kingdoms mission to bloc calls for tolerance and understanding over penal code Brunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing new penal code, which also provides for the amputation of thieves and whipping of people wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex, was brought in on 3 April, despite international condemnation. But in the letter, the kingdom claimed the outcry is due to a misconception that it wanted to clarify. The criminalisation of adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage to individual Muslims, particularly women, it said. The penal sentences of hadd stoning to death and amputation imposed for offences of theft, robbery, adultery and sodomy, have extremely high …

RAF and Royal Navy urged to cut ties to sultan of Brunei over anti-gay law

Protests outside Dorchester hotel in London after Brunei regime passes death by stoning law for gay sex The RAF and Royal Navy are under pressure to cut links with the sultan of Brunei amid a global backlash against his countrys decision to introduce death by stoning as punishment for homosexuality. The calls came after crowds protesting against the countrys new draconian penal code surged through barriers outside the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel yesterday afternoon, forcing the police to stand in front of its doors. More than 100 people, many bearing a mixture of rainbow flags, banners and placards, chanted shame on you outside the luxury hotel in Park Lane. The protest was led by gay-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who said: The …