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Borneo Bulletin, Bandar Seri Begawan, 13 February 2014. p.2

Minister briefed on punishments under Syariah Penal Code

By Fadhil Yunus

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AN 18-MEMBER delegation from Brunei Darussalam led by the Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman concluded a five-day working visit yesterday at the Al-Malaz Prison Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The minister and his delegation were greeted by the Director of Al-Malaz Prison Centre, Brigadier General Musaed Al-Ruwaidi.

During the meeting, Brigadier General Musaed Al-Ruwaidi provided an explanation on the procedure of the implementation including Qisas, referred to as the law of retaliation or settlement of accounts, Hadd and Ta'zir, commonly referred to as punishment for serious crimes which lead to lashes and stoning.

The Brigadier General also explained in length the guideline of the implementation and detailed information on the equipment, facilities, location and infrastructure as well as the criteria for the officers carrying out the punishment.

Minister of Religious Affairs during a meeting with Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh

Prison Centre Director briefs the Brunei delegation
Director of the Al-Malaz Prison Centre, Brigadier General Musaed Al-Ruwaidi, briefing the Brunei delegation

Meanwhile, the delegation called on Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance of Saudi Arabia and Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Mohammad Al-Sheikh Al-Tamimi, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.

At the meeting, the minister and his delegation exchanged information on issues and challenges in addressing the negative perceptions of implementing Islamic Syariah Law.

The delegation also visited the Riyadh Police Department, Amarat, whereby a briefing relating to the role of the police and the procedure of enforcement of the Syariah Law was presented by the Director of Riyadh Police Department, Major General Saud bin Abdulaziz Al-Hilal.

During a dinner hosted by the Bruneian delegation at one of the well-renowned hotels in the country, the minister expressed his appreciation to the Government of Saudi Arabia for the warm hospitality.

"We believe that all the information gathered during the visit is imperative and beneficial in our efforts to realise the aspirations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in implementing the Syariah Penal Code and consequently address any issues which may arise later on," the minister added.

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