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Beverly Hills demands Brunei sultan sell hotel

Published on May 8, 2014 6:08 AM
 
The Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, on May 7, 2014 in California. Beverly Hills said on Wednesday it passed a resolution demanding the Sultan of Brunei sell his hotel in the posh US city, after he introduced a penal code incorporating Islamic syariah law. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Beverly Hills said on Wednesday it passed a resolution demanding the Sultan of Brunei sell his hotel in the posh US city, after he introduced a penal code incorporating Islamic syariah law.

Brunei's all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced last week that he would push ahead with implementing syariah, despite criticism both at home and internationally.

An initial phase officially came into effect on Thursday, with a second phase including more stringent penalties, including the severing of limbs for theft and robbery, to begin later in the year.

Late next year, punishments such as death by stoning for offences including sodomy and adultery will be introduced.

 
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