Couples caught having sex before marriage could be sent to prison for FIVE YEARS under new Muslim law in Indonesia

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  • Even couples living together out of wedlock and have sex to  face year in jail
  • Part of a raft of proposals which include a  ban on witchcraft and black magic
  • Bid to revise laws based on laws of former  colonial ruler, the Netherlands

By  Matt Blake

PUBLISHED: 10:59 EST, 22  March 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:12 EST, 22 March 2013

 

Unmarried singles who have sex in Indonesia  could be jailed for up to five years under new laws tabled by the government, it  was revealed today.

Even couples who live together out of wedlock  will not escape the harsh new rules and could be imprisoned for one year if  caught in amorous congress.

The unusual sex embargo was proposed as part  of a raft of new edicts which also includes a ban on witchcraft and black magic  which – if proved to have caused ‘someone’s illness, death, mental or physical  suffering’ – will carry a five-year prison term.

Sex embargo: Even couples who live together out of wedlock will not escape the harsh new rules and could be imprisoned for one year if caught in amorous congressSex embargo: Even couples who live together out of  wedlock will not escape the harsh new rules and could be imprisoned for one year  if caught in amorous congress

The strict regulations were revealed by the  country’s Justice and Human Rights  Ministry director general for legislation Wahiduddin Adams.

‘[Singles engaging in premarital sex] is  liable for up to five years in jail,’ he said, adding: ‘Our society is not like  in the old penal code that allows this.’

While Indonesia has long followed a  moderate  version of Islam, an emphasis on Muslim practices and  identity with Islamic  traditions has gathered pace in recent years.

Beliefs in witchcraft and mysticism are  widespread, especially on the main  island of Java. Many Indonesians are  generally relaxed about  homosexuality.

Jailed: In November last year, Brit Rebecca Blake was sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for having drunken sex in the back of a taxiJailed: In November last year, Brit Rebecca Blake was  sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for having drunken sex in the back of  a taxi

The plans are part of efforts to revise  sections of the criminal code still largely based on laws of the former colonial  ruler, the Netherlands, and have apparently gained the support of other members  of the country’s parliament.

‘I think, it would be good if this is  regulated,’ People’s Conscience Party MP Syarifuddin Sudding said.

Parliamentary speaker Marzuki Alle caused  international outrage last year when he proposed a ban on the miniskirt,  targetting female  politicians who chose to wear skirts above the  knee.

Mr Alle said he was preparing draft rules  banning female politicians and  staff members from wearing mini-skirts because  ‘there have been a lot of rape cases and other immoral acts recently and this is  because women  aren’t wearing appropriate clothes’.

He added: ‘You know what men are like –  provocative clothing will make them do things.’

But Indonesia is not the only nation with  strict laws governing sex.

In November last year, Brit Rebecca Blake was  sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for having drunken sex in the back of  a taxi.

The £100,000-a-year recruitment consultant  was accused of stripping naked and writhing on top of Irishman Conor McRedmond,  28, in a Dubai  cab. McRedmond was handed  the same sentence for his part in the tryst.

Their taxi driver alerted police after spotting Blake in his rearview mirror with her top off, straddling  McRedmond  and ‘making the sounds of a woman having sex’.

They were the latest expats to fall  foul of  the United Arab Emirates’ strict laws preventing drunkenness in  public and sex  outside marriage.

In 2008, Vince Acors, 38, and Michelle Palmer, 40, were jailed for three months for having sex on a beach. The sentence was suspended on appeal.

And in 2009 Charlotte Adams and Ayman  Najafi  spent a month in jail after an Emirati woman complained they were kissing in  public.

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