Brunei postpones tough new Islamic law
Brunei has postponed the introduction of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin on Tuesday.
Brunei said in October that it would introduce Sharia punishments including death by stoning for adulterers and the severing of limbs for theft.
Assistant Director of the Islamic Legal Unit Jauyah Zaini said the delay was "due to unavoidable circumstances".
No new date was given but an official told local media that the law would begin "in the very near future".
Brunei already adheres to a stronger form of Islamic law than neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, banning the sale and consumption of alcohol.