Sabang Shari'a Court Decision No. 1 of 2014: Gambling

The six co-accused were accused of gambling (maisir), contrary to arts 5 and 23(1) of Qanun No. 13 of 2003 on Gambling, in conjunction with art 55(1) of the Indonesian Criminal Code (Kitab Undang-Undang Hukum Pidana). Items used in the prohibited activities, including money, were seized by authorities and entered as evidence. In finding the co-accused guilty of the offence, the court acknowledged that Allah prohibits every Muslim from gambling, as contained in Qur'anic verses 90 and 91 in Surah Almaidah. Despite the absence of two of the six co-accused, the court, pursuant to art 23(1) of Qanun No. 13 of 2003, in light of time already served in detention, as prescribed in art 23(2) and (3) of Qanun No. 7 of 2013 on Criminal Procedure, handed down the minimum prescribed punishment of six strokes of the cane.

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