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Indonesian prisoner receives 17 lashes for betting in the Aceh region

The gamble that didn’t pay off: Indonesian prisoner is left with horrific injuries after being hit for violating Sharia law by betting in the conservative region of Aceh

  • The Aceh Islamic Sharia Court administered 17 lashes in Lhokseumawe City
  • Shocking photos show dark red spots on the man’s back and along his arm
  • The suspect was arrested on April 17 in a coffee shop in Banda Sakti district
  • ** WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT **

An Indonesian prisoner has suffered horrific injuries after being beaten for violating Sharia law.

The Aceh Islamic Sharia Court delivered 17 lashes to the man found guilty of gambling in Lhokseumawe City.

Shocking photos show dark red spots on the man’s back and along the side of his arm.

An Indonesian prisoner sustained horrific injuries after being beaten for violating Sharia law

An Indonesian prisoner sustained horrific injuries after being beaten for violating Sharia law

The Islamic Sharia court in Aceh delivered 17 lashes to the man found guilty of gambling in Lhokseumawe City

The Islamic Sharia court in Aceh delivered 17 lashes to the man found guilty of gambling in Lhokseumawe City

The Islamic Sharia court in Aceh delivered 17 lashes to the man found guilty of gambling in Lhokseumawe City

The Aceh region of Western Indonesia is known as a conservative area and the only part of the country where Sharia law is used.

The lashes were held by the Lhokseumawe prosecutor at Tunas Bangsa Lhokseumawe Stadium after Friday’s prayer today.

The defendant was arrested on April 17 in a coffee shop in Banda Sakti district, Lhokseumawe.

Shocking photos show dark red spots on the man's back and along the side of his arm

Shocking photos show dark red spots on the man's back and along the side of his arm

Shocking photos show dark red spots on the man’s back and along the side of his arm

Pictures depict a man in a black robe executing the sentence lifting the whip into the air

Pictures depict a man in a black robe executing the sentence lifting the whip into the air

Pictures depict a man in a black robe executing the sentence lifting the whip into the air

Doni said the defendant was immediately transferred to the medical team after the scourging and then released

Doni said the defendant was immediately transferred to the medical team after the scourging and then released

Doni said the defendant was immediately transferred to the medical team after the scourging and then released

Other images show a man in a black robe executing the punishment while lifting the whip into the air.

Lhokseumawe City’s chief of public crimes, Muhammad Doni Sidik, said the suspect was originally sentenced to 20 lashes after a Sharia verdict on July 6.

However, the number of lashings was reduced by three to 17, because the man had been in prison for 98 days.

Every 30 days in prison means a reduction of one lashing in the last sentence.

Doni said the defendant was immediately transferred to the medical team after the scourging and then released.

The lashes were attended by a number of officials. Only a few members of the general public looked at the punishment.

In the Aceh region, criminal offenses that would lead to the implementation of Sharia include alcohol consumption, gambling, adultery and homosexuality.

Once one of the most powerful Muslim sultanates in Southeast Asia, the area had long used an informal type of Islamic law mixed with local laws known as ‘hukum adat’.

However, legislation was tightened when the long-running separatist conflict in Aceh ended in 2005. The laws have gradually expanded to more violations, most recently in 2014.

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