Kuala Simpang Shari'a Court Decision No. 21 of 2015: Gambling

The prosecution submitted that, on Wednesday 19 August 2015 at around 2.00pm, the accused was found providing gambling facilities to the public from his home. Specifically, the accused had been facilitating bingo-style (toto gelap) bets via a mobile phone, taking up to 20 per cent commission for every number issued. 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. The prosecution also stated that the accused, as a Muslim residing in Aceh, knew that gambling was a prohibited activity.

Based on items seized at the time of the arrest of the accused, including IDR 113,000 in cash, as well as corroborating information provided by two police witnesses, the court found the accused guilty of the charges submitted by the prosecution. Citing Surah Al-Maidah verse 90, and, pursuant to art 23(2) of Aceh Qanun No. 7 of 2013 on Criminal Procedure, taking into account time already served by the accused on remand, the court sentenced the accused to nine strokes of the cane.

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