Brunei has defended its decision to pass a new Islamic (Sharia Penal Code) law introducing the death penalty for adultery and homosexuality. The government issued a statement saying it was an independent country and had the right to do as it wished. Brunei said the new law will come into force on 3 April.
The tiny Muslim-majority country received worldwide condemnation last week after it announced plans to introduce the new law and George Clooney led a call to boycott Brunei-owned hotels.
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