Idi Shari'a Court Decision No. 1 of 2009: Gambling

The prosecution submitted that the accused, on 5 February 2009 at around 3.00pm, was found operating as a bookie. Specifically, that the accused had been facilitating bingo-style (toto gelap) bets to Singapore every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 11.00am until 4.00pm. The prosecution submitted that this type of activity was in contravention of arts 5 and 23(1) of Aceh Qanun No. 13 of 2003 on Gambling.

Based on items seized at the time of the arrest of the accused, as well as corroborating information provided by two witnesses, the court found the accused guilty of the charges submitted by the prosecution. Citing Surah Al-Maidah verse 90, the court condemned the actions of the accused and sentenced him to seven strokes of the cane.

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