Indonesia's Aceh province canes 4 for gambling

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Posted: Oct 03, 2014 10:10 AM
Indonesia's Aceh province canes 4 for gambling

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities in Indonesia's conservative Muslim province of Aceh caned four gamblers Friday inside a mosque compound as hundreds of people watched.

The four were caned five times each at Al Makmur Lamprit mosque in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

Chief Prosecutor Husni Thamrin said the four were detained while playing poker in August and police confiscated $76 from them.

It was the second public caning in Aceh in two weeks, and the first since provincial lawmakers passed a new law that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to the region's strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah law.

Human rights groups have said the law violates international treaties signed by Indonesia protecting the rights of minorities and women.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has a policy of secularism but allows Aceh on Sumatra island to follow a version of Shariah law.