Sharia police arrest three men for buying food during fasting
haria police in Aceh Besar, Aceh province, on Wednesday, arrested three men for buying food in a restaurant during the fasting day.
The officers detained three men who were caught buying food and drinks. They also seized food which was being prepared in the kitchen, and brought the men to the sharia police station.
“According to regulations, food can only be sold a few hours before the breaking of the fast. If food is sold before the determined time, it is regarded as a violation,” said Azhari.
Based on Paragraph 1 of Article 22 of Regulation No. 11/2002, anybody who is found guilty of violating the regulation is subject to a prison sentence of one year, or a maximum fine of Rp 3 million (US$351), or six lashes of the cane in public. Paragraph 2 of the article says that anybody found eating or drinking in a public place during the Ramadhan fasting day is subject to a jail sentence of four months, or a two lashes with a cane in public.