Banda Aceh Sharīʿa Court Indictment Case No. 49 of 2016: Khalwat

In this indictment, MS and MA were found sitting together in a shack in Keudah Station, Banda Aceh. Both of them were planning to go to a concert together but decided to stop by Keudah Station before heading to the concert. Suspicious of their act, the witness named Efriyadi approached MS and MA asking the nature of their gathering. MS and MA insisted that they were only sitting around without any intention to do more than that. Failing to show their marriage certificate on the scene, Efriyadi called the sharīʿa police.

After investigating the case, the prosecutor indicted them for committing khalwat (close proximity between an unmarried man and woman) which violates Aceh Qanun No. 6 of 2014 article 23 (1). Pursuant to this law, the prosecutor demanded both MS and MA to be punished with eight public lashes.

Evidence presented by the prosecutor:

  • One pair of jeans
  • One blouse
  • A pillow
  • Blue tarpaulin
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