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Canings administered for immorality

Authorities in Indonesia say 10 men and a woman have been publicly caned for gambling and immoral behaviour under Islamic law in conservative Aceh province.

Prosecutor's office official Putra Masduri said nine people convicted of gambling were caned four to 12 times.

He said that two others - a man and woman - were caned nine times after being found naked together by local residents.

All were beaten in front of dozens of people at a field in Langsa, the capital of East Aceh district, after being tried by the local Sharia Court.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation of 240 million people, has a policy of secularism but allows highly conservative Aceh province to implement a version of Sharia Islamic law.

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