Putting criminals in prison is primitive, says ABB.
The head of the Mujahidin Council (Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia (MMI)) Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, said in Pontianak on the 4th that imprisoning criminals, contrary to popular belief, is not a modern (progressive) practice but a primitive one.
Prison sentences were too long, and it cost the government a lot of money to keep people in jail, and it caused the inmate's family to be neglected and to suffer, Bashir said. A punishment could only be considered modern if it were done quickly, were cheap, and had positive effects.
Islamic sharia punishments, such as hand amputation for serious cases of theft (likely where the value of goods is at least to the value of 85 grams of gold al-islam), met the above conditions, he said.
Bashir, who spent 2.5 years in the Cipinang jail for terrorism offences (although he was later exonerated), reminisced about his time behind bars. He said that when he asked a fellow jailbird why the latter didn't mind spending time in prison the man said jail-time enabled him to get some rest before going onto his next dastardly deed. Everything was provided free of charge, food, a bed, and it was a relaxing time. antara