Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei made big headlines around the world for his tiny realm in Oct 2013 when he announced that a new Sharia Penal Code would come into effect in six months. The half year from the announcement falls on 22 Apr 2014.
If it is applied on schedule, Brunei Muslims can expect punishments that include death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, amputation for theft and flogging for violations that include alcohol consumption.
The sultan is one of the world's wealthiest men. His family has controlled the realm of some 400,000 people for six centuries.
Indonesia's Aceh Province is governed by Sharia Law, but Brunei is the first East Asian country to introduce it at the national level.
Date written/update: 2013-11-20