An Indonesian woman was flogged 100 times in conservative Aceh province for adultery while her male partner, who denied the accusations, received just 15 lashes, AFP reported.
Ivan Najjar Alavi, the head of general investigation division at East Aceh prosecutor’s office, said the court handed down a heftier sentence for the married woman after she confessed to investigators she had sex out of her marriage.
Judges found it difficult to convict the man, who was then the head of East Aceh fishery agency and also married, because he denied all wrongdoings, Alavi added.
"During the trial, he admitted nothing, denying all accusations. Thus, [judges] are not able to prove whether he is guilty," Alavi told reporters after a public flogging for Sharia law offenders in East Aceh.
Aceh is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia to impose Islamic law, which allows whipping for charges including gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and gay sex.
The woman's flogging was briefly paused because she couldn't bear the pain, according to an AFP reporter in the field.
Another man convicted of having sex with a minor was also whipped 100 times.
The man will also serve 75 months in prison for the crime after the flogging, according to prosecutors.