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Off with their heads!

In the Indonesian province of Aceh you can get publicly caned for being gay, gambling, or committing adultery – even if you are not a Muslim.

That’s because a decades-long war for independence was settled in 2005, and one of the concessions made was to allow Aceh to rule itself by sharia law.

Now it wants to introduce public beheadings to punish murderers.

Indonesia already allows the death penalty – by firing squad – for murder and drug trafficking.

According to Syukri M. Yusuf, the head of Aceh’s shariah law and human rights office (yes that’s right), “beheading is more in line with Islamic law and will have a deterrent effect.”