Abdul Azim Kassim
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Minister of Religious Affairs discussed the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code with Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly chairman and Justice Minister in separate talks in the Saudi capital Riyadh last Sunday.
Yang Berhormat Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pengiran Hj Abd Rahman and his 18-member delegation met Dr Sheikh Abdullah Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Sheikh at Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Council headquarters.The meeting was part of the minister’s five-day working visit to study how Saudi Arabia implemented its Syariah criminal law, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Religious Affairs issued yesterday.
The statement added that representatives from both countries exchanged views on the dissemination of the Syariah Law Penal Code. The Consultative Council of Saudi Arabia is a legislative body that advises the king on various issues. The king appoints the members of the council.
Previously, Dr Sheikh Abdullah previously served as Justice Minister from February 1992 to February 2009.
Later, the Brunei delegation met Saudi Justice Minister Sheikh Dr Muhammad Kareem Al-Sheikh at his office in Riyadh.
“The meeting was aimed at strengthening the relationship and mutual cooperation between the government of Brunei Darussalam and Saudi Arabia, especially on the Syariah Penal Code,” the statement read. Accompanying the Bruneian delegation was the Brunei Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dato Paduka Hj Abd Mokti Hj Daud.
The delegation is expected to meet more Saudi Arabia officials, including the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Endowments and Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti during the working visit.
Brunei is expected to enforce the Islamic criminal law in phases, starting in April.
The Brunei Times
Tue, 11 February 2014