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Amini Amir Abdullah, who heads Perkasa's Islamic affairs bureau, said Muslims should stay away from Starbucks because its pro-gay rights policy is against Islam and Malaysia's constitution.Sodomy is illegal in Malaysia and punishable by up to 20 years in prison.Mobile phone footage circulated online and used as evidence for the prosecution shows one of the men naked and visibly distressed as he calls for help on his mobile phone.The second man is seen being repeatedly pushed by another man who is preventing the couple from leaving the room as he begs: “Please brother, please stop…my parents want to talk to you, they can pick me up.” Human Rights Watch called for the couple to be released immediately, saying the punishment sought by prosecutors constitutes torture under international law.A team of five took turns to inflict the punishment, relieving one another after every 20 strokes for one of the men and 40 for the other.With the exception of Aceh, homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but the country's low-profile LGBT community has been under siege in the past year.The lead prosecutor, Gulmaini, claimed the two defendants aged 20 and 23 had “confessed” to being in a gay relationship during a court hearing on Wednesday.
A Shariah court last week sentenced each man to 85 strokes, but they were caned 83 times after a remission for time spent in prison.Human rights organizations say the situation is very dangerous for Indonesia, which has a larger Muslim population than any other country.“This [petition] consists of discrimination towards all Indonesians: women as well as men, and those of diverse sexual orientations,” Bahrain, who goes by one name and is the director of advocacy at the Legal Aid Center, told the court at a hearing in early October.The current law punishes adultery with up to nine months in prison, and if the law is revised, that penalty could carry over to unmarried sexual partners who have been prosecuted and convicted. Dewi also warned the court about the dangers of the gay hookup app Grindr, which has since been banned by the government.
The case is the latest battle in the struggle over Indonesia’s social culture, which features a small band of progressives battling to maintain this Muslim-majority democracy’s relatively secular legal system against Islamist forces. We’re not a secular country — this country acknowledges religion.” Although Indonesia, a rare example of a vibrant Muslim-majority democracy, does not maintain Islamic law at the national level, Indonesian conservatives interpret their country’s constitution to support loosely defined religious values. “We have to protect this nation, ladies and gentlemen. One witness, a Muslim scholar and anti-LGBT activist named Adian Husaini, suggested that the spread of gay rights is the result of a Jewish conspiracy.
A gay couple could be punished with 80 lashes after vigilantes filmed them having sex in Indonesia, amid international alarm over growing restrictions on the country’s LGBT community.