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Three convicted to public caning escape in Aceh BANDA ACEH - Three men convicted of playing dominoes for money have escaped from jail moments before a public caning in devoutly Muslim Aceh province. Local Islamic police chief Muhammad Rusli said Saturday the men bolted during an unguarded bathroom visit minutes before the punishment for violating anti-gambling laws.

The men were caught playing dominoes for Rp 1,000 rupiah (0.08 euro) per game. They were to be caned six times each outside a mosque on Friday. Aceh adopted Islamic laws banning alcohol and gambling after gaining semi-autonomy from the secular central government following a decades-long civil war. Last year, lawmakers there imposed stoning to death as a punishment for adultery.

It is not known where the three men are and what the punishment for escaping before caning is under sharia law. Since sharia law has no official base in the rest of Indonesia, they could well be moving from Aceh to another of Indonesia's 33 provinces to be safe from the humiliation of being publicly caned.


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