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Brunei delays use of sharia law

'Unavoidable circumstances' delay introduction of harsh islamic laws

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Brunei has postponed its implementation of harsh Islamic punishments, due to begin Tuesday, that have earned condemnation from the United Nations and sparked rare criticism at home. 

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is reflected in the pavement after heavy rain hit Bandar Seri Begawan on April 23, 2013 in Brunei

No confirmed new date was given for the start of the punishments -- which will eventually include flogging, the severing of limbs and death by stoning -- but an official told the Brunei Times they would begin "in the very near future".

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