Capital punishment is a legal penalty in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. The last execution was in 1957.

Capital crimes in Brunei include murder, terrorism, drug trafficking, armed robbery, abetting suicide, arson, piracy, aircraft hijacking, kidnapping, sedition, treason, mutiny, perjury, and as of 3 April 2019, homosexuality.

In April 2014, Brunei introduced a new penal code which implemented elements of Sharia law and instituted the death penalty (by stoning) for adultery, sodomy, rape, apostasy, blasphemy, and insulting Islam.[1]

The legal methods of execution in Brunei are hanging and, since 2014, stoning.[1]

Currently,[when?] it is estimated that there are about six individuals on death row in Brunei. The last known death sentence was handed out in 2017,[2] and one death sentence was commuted in 2009.[3]


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  3. ^ "The death penalty in Brunei". Archived from the original on 13 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.