Despite international outcry, Brunei has become the first East Asian country to adopt Sharia law.
The implementation of Sharia law was made official last week during a ceremony by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, who leads the oil-rich kingdom on the island of Borneo and has a net worth of $20 billion. The new Islamic criminal law will affect both Muslims and non-Muslims in the country of 412,000 people and will operate alongside the existing civil penal code.
Residents, who already follow strict, religiously motivated laws such as a ban on alcohol, can now look forward to punishments such as flogging, dismemberment, and stoning for crimes including adultery, rape, and sodomy. And don’t even think about being gay – consensual sex between homosexuals will also be criminalized, with death by stoning the prescribed punishment.
But not everyone nobody is happy about the new implementation of Sharia law.
The human rights group Amnesty International said that Sharia law will “take the country back to the dark ages.”
“It (the law) makes a mockery of the country’s international human rights commitments and must be revoked immediately,” Amnesty’s regional deputy director Rupert Abbott said in a statement released after the announcement.
Similarly, LGBT groups were quick to condemn the Sultan’s new ruling.
“It may open the floodgates for further human rights violations against women, children, and other people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,” officials from the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health and Islands of South East Asian Network on Male and Transgender Sexual Health said in a joint statement released last week.
Even regulars at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles were pissed off over the Sultan’s decision. Since the Beverly Hills Hotel (along with nine other luxury hotels worldwide) are owned by the government of Brunei, American organizations and celebrities began boycotting the hotel chain citing Brunei’s “outrageous and unacceptable legal code.” Now where are the movie stars supposed to party???
Fortunately, the newly enforced Sharia law probably won’t apply to the Sultan of Brunei and Prince Jefri Bolkiah, his playboy brother.
Just days after Brunei implemented Sharia law, Jillian Lauren, an American woman who was hired to be the mistress of Prince Jefri Bolkiah when she was a teenager and was later “given as a gift” to the Sultan, opened up about her experiences.
The former escort told the Daily Beast that “in just one night, we committed at least two offenses under his newly implemented penal code.” And based on her description of their hard-parting ways, the prince and Sultan might not be 100 percent willing to observe the laws they have implemented.
“The prince threw lavish parties every night. At these parties there was drinking (which was not legal in public), dancing, some fairly hilarious karaoke, and, most important, women—about 30 or 40 beauties from all over the world, comprising a harem of sorts,” Jillian Lauren said.
“It is the privilege of the prince and the sultan to misbehave,” she continued. “As the citizens of Brunei face the erosion of their rights, I imagine the man I once knew, holed up in a posh hotel suite somewhere, maybe with another American teenager in his lap, making laws that legislate morality.”
Oh and did I mention that Prince Jefri owns a yacht named Tits that comes equipped with two tenders called Nipple 1 and Nipple 2? Yeah, he’s not going to be obeying Sharia law anytime soon…