THE Minister of Religious Affairs is leading an 18-member delegation to study how Saudi Arabia implemented its Syariah criminal law.
Yang Berhormat Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman, in his capacity as chairman of the Islamic Religious Council, yesterday left for a five-day working visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The visit is aimed at showing the world that Brunei is not the only country that will implement the Syariah Penal Code Order, a statement from the Ministry of Religious Affairs said.
It added that Saudi Arabia is a “leading” country in the “successful” implementation of Syariah criminal law.
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam announced the government’s move to enforce the phased introduction of the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013 this April, during last year’s Knowledge Convention at the International Convention Centre.
The delegation consists of representatives from Islamic Religious Council, Attorney General’s Chambers, State Mufti’s Office, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Information Department, Royal Brunei Police Force, Prisons Department and Ministry of Health, the statement added.
All the government agencies are involved in the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code 2013.
The delegation is expected to meet several Saudi Arabia governments’ prominent officials — Minister of Justice, Minister of Islamic Affairs and Endowments and Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti during the working visit.
The visit also intended to strengthen ties and mutual cooperation already established between His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Government and Saudi Arabia, particularly in the implementation of the Syariah Criminal Law, the statement added.
The Brunei Times
Saturday, February 8, 2014