Justice, shari'a style: Malaysian woman to be caned for drinking beer

Consuming alcohol is a religious offence in Malaysia but only for Muslims, who make up nearly two-thirds of the population.

Offenders are prosecuted in Shariah courts, which handle cases mainly related to family and moral issues.

Most offenders are fined, but the law also provides for a three-year prison term and caning. Shukarno was the only Muslim caught in the raid at the Pahang nightclub.

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