The leader of Brunei announced Tuesday that Islamic Sharia law will soon be the law of the land.
Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said Sharia law should be considered a form of "special guidance" from Allah and would be "part of the great history" of the small, oil-rich country on Borneo Island.
The sultan said the law will be enforced in six months. It could include penalties like amputation for theft and stoning for adultery.
The sultan has been hoping to boost the influence of Islam. Religious minorities in Brunei are mainly Buddhist, Christians, and people of indigenous beliefs.