A Brunei man is facing 160 years in jail after authorities seized over 400 DVDs deemed as “homosexual propaganda” by the state, reports the Kalimantan Press this morning.
Analak Hmong Lau, 43, was arrested this morning during a raid on his DVD store which specializes in American movies.
Amongst the titles seized by police and labeled as “homosexual propaganda” were copies of “Broke Back Mountain, Boogie Nights, Lord of the Rings and all Harry Potter movies” reports the Kalimantan Press.
“Movies promoting openly homosexual themes, gay characters or which employ gay actors portraying fictitious characters are deemed homosexual propaganda by the state,” one Brunei official told reporters.
“It is important that children are not exposed to material which makes homosexual conduct acceptable, that is why only material where homosexuality is punished, either by lashing, lapidation or torture is deemed appropriate,” one Brunei state official said.
One such child show made in partnership with the Brunei government and scheduled for next September will show Brunei’s first “openly gay muppet character” have announced the producers last month.
Keldai, a homosexual donkey, will be used to educate children on the “dangers of homosexuality and deviant manners” and “will suffer many hardships, such as lapidation, electroshock, and decapitation every show” to entice children to follow the “path of Islam” explained one producer of the upcoming show.
Brunei is a Muslim-majority former British protectorate on the north of Borneo Island with a population of around 400,000.
Early this month it began implementing Sharia laws that punish sodomy, adultery and rape with the death penalty – including by stoning, and theft with amputation.