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Indonesia Seeks to Imprison Gays, September 30, 2003

By Newscenter Staff

Jakarta—Indonesia’s justice ministry is preparing legislation that would send anyone convicted of a homosexual act to prison for up to 12 years.

The ministry is drafting amendments to the criminal code to include acts not currently categorized as crimes but considered “morally unacceptable.”

The former Dutch colony is the largest Moslem states in the world, although Islam is not the state religion. A spokesperson for the ministry said that the new law would reflect Moslem and local tribal law.

In addition to the laws against LGBT sex, the new code, which is still being debated, proposes that sodomy and oral sex would be punishable by between three to 12 years in jail. A couple found guilty of cohabitation be punished to up to two years in jail. A man who impregnates a woman but refuses to marry her could spend a maximum five years in prison.

A “witch doctor” or his client found guilty of using black magic to hurt other people could spend up to five years in jail.

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