Gamblers escape minutes before caning in Indonesia’s Aceh provinceBy AP
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Indonesian gambling convicts escape before caning
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Three Indonesian men convicted of playing dominoes for money have escaped from jail moments before a public caning in devoutly Muslim Aceh province.
Local Islamic police chief Muhammad Rusli said Saturday the men bolted during an unguarded bathroom visit minutes before the punishment for violating anti-gambling laws.
The men were caught playing dominoes for 1,000 rupiah ($0.10) per game. They were to be caned six times each outside a mosque on Friday.
Aceh adopted Islamic laws banning alcohol and gambling after gaining semiautonomy from the secular central government following a decades-long civil war. Last year, lawmakers there imposed stoning to death as a punishment for adultery.
The majority of Indonesia’s roughly 200 million Muslims practice moderate Islam.
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