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PV Lifestyle Desk : The tiny South-east Asian country of Brunei is introducing strict new Islamic laws that makes gay sex an offence punishable by stoning to death.

The new measures, set to begin Wednesday, also cover a range of other crimes including punishment for theft by amputation.

The move has sparked international condemnation and outcry.

In a public address on Wednesday, the country’s sultan called for “stronger” Islamic teachings.

“I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger,” Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said, according to AFP news agency, without mentioning the new laws.

Under the new law, individuals will only be convicted of gay sex if they confess or are seen committing the act by four witnesses.