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Aceh 'hand-severance' ordinance still being processed BANDA ACEH - The provincial administration of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) is still processing a draft ordinance (Qanun) on theft - this particular one is popularly known as the 'hand-severance qanun'. In order to make it more acceptable from the human rights point of view, the provincial sharia official said. "The draft hand-severance qanun is now still in the making. We are also waiting for more inputs from the public on its substance," Al Yasa Abubakar, head of the provincial administration's Islamic Sharia Service, said on Saturday.

The current draft of the ordinance, severing one's hand as a punishment for theft, would be applied only in certain conditions. One condition was that the total amount of goods stolen is equal to the amount that the owner has to pa in 'zakat'. Another condition was that the goods stolen were taken from the place where they were normally kept. Pickpockets would not lose their hand under this condition for example.

A number of proposals had already been received from the public to add more conditions. One was that the penalty should only be applicable if the culprit had been punished for theft before. Another addition can be that the culprit doesn't have compelling reasons to commit the crime and that there was no right whatsoever to the stolen goods.

Initially the ordinance was scheduled to be finalized in 2007. It is expected to be an effective deterred to theft in the province. Abubakar could not tell when the draft ordinance could now be finalized as it was still being processed by the administration and it still had to be presented to the provincial legislature. He said it would most likely still need a long time before the very controversial ordinance was to be enacted.


Related blog entry (category 'Religion') Related blog entry (category 'Religion'):
13 December 2006 · Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh


Posted in Religion @ 25 March 2007 08:37 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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