Capital punishment in Brunei

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Capital punishment is a legal penalty in Brunei, although no executions have occurred since the country gained independence in 1984. The last execution in Brunei occurred in 1957, when the country was still a protectorate of the United Kingdom.

Capital crimes in Brunei include murder, terrorism, drug trafficking, abetting suicide, arson, kidnapping, treason, mutiny, perjury and as of 2019, homosexuality. In April, 2014, Brunei introduced a new penal code which implemented elements of Sharia law and instituted the death penalty (by stoning) for adultery, sodomy, rape, apostasy, blasphemy, and insulting Islam.[1]

The legal methods of execution in Brunei are hanging and, since 2014, stoning.[1]

Currently, it is estimated that there are about six individuals on death row in Brunei. The last known death sentence was handed out in 2017[2], and one death sentence was commuted in 2009.[3]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2018-05-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "The Death Penalty in Brunei". Archived from the original on 2017-05-13. Retrieved 30 May 2017.