Christian man whipped 36 times for selling alcohol and violating Sharia law

A MAN was flogged in a brutal public punishment for selling alcohol in violation of Sharia law in Indonesia as he was whipped 36 times.

Jono Simbolon was flogged in public for selling alcohol in violation of Sharia law

Jono Simbolon, an Indonesian Christian was sentenced to 36 lashes with a rattan stick.?

The punishment was so brutal that a doctor checked his health after 10 stokes, before allowing the flogging to continue.

Simbolon was arrested in October, in the northern Indonesian province of Aceh, for selling alcohol, in violation of Islamic law. He is only the third non-Muslim to suffer a public whipping.?

Despite being a part of the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Aceh is Indonesia's only province that implements Islamic law.


Jono Simbolon (in white) was sentenced to 36 lashes with a rattan stick

Simbolon was one of 10 people, including eight men and two women, convicted after Friday prayers.

He was sentenced alongside people accused of crimes that included pimping, prostitution and gambling.

Chief prosecutor Erwin Desman said Simbolon may have chosen caning in order to avoid lengthy criminal prosecution.

Aceh, located on Sumatra Island, is 98 percent Muslim and enforces Islamic law known locally as Qanun.


Jono Simbolon (in white), an Indonesian Christian, is led out before being publicly flogged


Non-Muslims, who have committed offences that violate both national and religious laws, can choose whether they want to face a criminal or religious punishment.

Aceh began implementing after it was granted special autonomy in 2001, an act taken by the central government to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.

In August last year in front of crowds of people and in May last year, each in public after they had been in found in bed together.

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