The Religious Enforcement Section of the Syariah Affairs Department found a couple committing the offence of close proximity (khalwat) at the Jerudong Market parking lot during a recent sting operation.
The enforcement officer said the case involved a 28-year-old local man and a 42-year-old local woman.
Both of them were ordered to present themselves at the Religious Enforcement Section office for further investigation. The suspects can be charged under Section 177 (1) & (2), Brunei Islamic Religious Council Act and Kadi Courts Chapter 77, Revised 1984 for Muslim men and women.
If convicted they face, for the first offence, imprisonment for a month or a B$1,000 (800USD) fine for men and 14 days in jail or a $500 (400USD) fine for women.
For the second and subsequent offences, Muslim men if convicted of committing close proximity (khalwat) face two months’ imprisonment or a B$2,000 fine (1,600USD), while Muslim women, if convicted for the second and subsequent offence, face imprisonment for a month or a fine of $1,000 (800USD).
The Religious Enforcement Section will continue to conduct operations to prevent the offence of close proximity (khalwat) in the country.