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Australia to question Brunei over stoning laws before trade talks
June 30, 2014 | Ben Doherty

The Australian government will question Brunei over its new criminal law regime – whose punishments include limb amputation for theft and stoning to death for adultery or homosexuality – before deciding whether to proceed with trade negotiations with the tiny, but oil-rich, Sultanate.

The dictatorship on the island of Borneo faces increasing international hostility over its draconian new laws, and democratic countries are being urged to break off trade talks in protests.

The United Nations called the laws illegal and inhuman. Amnesty International says they will send the country “back to the Dark Ages”.

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Law Society risks ‘undermining’ rule of law by promoting sharia, warns Justice Secretary
Posted: Mon, 12 May 2014 12:15

Law Society risks 'undermining' rule of law by promoting sharia, warns Justice Secretary

The Law Society has again defended its practice note on “Sharia succession rules” despite a warning from Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Justice, that it must not “undermine” British legal principles.

The Justice Secretary’s intervention follows criticism of the Law Society from lawyers and human rights campaigners for publishing guidance to help lawyers draw up ‘Sharia compliant’ wills and running training courses in Sharia.

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