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ISIS penal code mandates death for gay people, stoning and crucifixion among punishments

“Sodomy (homosexuality): Death for the person committing the act, as well as for the one receiving it.”


— An excerpt from the penal code being used by ISIS, also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the barbaric terrorist group which has overrun large parts of Syria and Iraq and murdered thousands of innocent civilians, as well as foreign aid workers, soldiers and journalists. The full penal code, The Independent reports, includes brutal punishments including lashings, cutting off hands and legs for theft, exile for unmarried adulterers and death sentences which include crucifixion and stoning.

“It outlines a number of punishments, some of which are already incorporated into the penal code of some Arab states,” Charlie Winter, researcher for counter-extremism think tank Quilliam, told the British newspaper. The full list of punishments is below:

Blasphemy against Allah: Death
Blasphemy against the Prophet Mohamed: Death – even if the accuser repents
Blasphemy against Islam: Death
Adultery: Stoning until death in case the adulterer was married and 100 lashes and exile if he or she were unmarried.
Sodomy (homosexuality): Death for the person committing the act, as well as for the one receiving it.
Theft: Cutting off the hand
Drinking alcohol: 80 lashes
Slandering: 80 lashes
Spying for the unbelievers: Death
Apostasy: Death
1: Murder and stealing: Death and crucifixion
2: Murder only: Death
3: Stealing (as part of banditry): Cutting off the right hand and the left leg
4: Terrorizing people: Exile

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at

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