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Brunei introduces death by stoning for adultery and gay sex.

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Brunei yesterday introduced a new penal code, including death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, despite a storm of global criticism from politicians, celebrities and rights groups.

The tough penal code as made by the all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, fully came into force following years of delays.

The laws, which also include amputation of hands and feet for thieves, makes Brunei the first place in East or Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level, joining several mostly Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia.

Rape and robbery are also punishable by death under the code and many of the new laws, such as capital punishment for insulting the Prophet Mohammed, apply to non-Muslims as well as Muslims.

The decision to push ahead with the punishments has sparked alarm around the world, with the United Nations labelling them “cruel and inhumane” and celebrities, led by actor George Clooney and pop star Elton John, calling for Brunei-owned hotels to be boycotted.

The European Union said in a statement that some of the new punishments “amount to torture, acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”.