Stay clear of Indonesia

Prosecutors in Indonesia’s Aceh province want two young gay men named as MT and MH to be punished with 80 strokes of the cane for being gay.

They are due to be sentenced next week and will become the first people in Indonesia to be punished for homosexuality.

The pair are aged 20 and 23 and pleaded guilty before a sharia court in Banda Aceh on Wednesday. The two men face a maximum punishment of 100 strokes of the cane, but prosecutors suggested they may only receive 80 strokes because they were young and had admitted their guilt.

Aceh province introduced sharia law under a peace deal with the Indonesian Government to end a civil war in Aceh.