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8 gamblers caned in public in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province

  • A man convicted of gambling watches an Islamic Shariah law official, right, after being whipped with a rattan cane by him in Banda Aceh, Aceh Province, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Indonesian authorities publicly caned eight men who were convicted of gambling in conservative Aceh province. A state prosecutor read out their punishment, and a masked man wearing robes used a thin rattan cane to whip their backs five times each. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)

    A man convicted of gambling watches an Islamic Shariah law official, right, after being whipped with a rattan cane by him in Banda Aceh, Aceh Province, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Indonesian authorities publicly caned eight men who were convicted of gambling in conservative Aceh province. A state prosecutor read out their punishment, and a masked man wearing robes used a thin rattan cane to whip their backs five times each. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Islamic Shariah law official whips a man convicted of gambling with a rattan cane watched by people inside a mosque compound in Banda Aceh, Aceh Province, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Indonesian authorities publicly caned eight men who were convicted of gambling in conservative Aceh province after Friday prayers. A state prosecutor read out their punishment, and a masked man wearing robes used a thin rattan cane to whip their backs five times each. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)

    An Islamic Shariah law official whips a man convicted of gambling with a rattan cane watched by people inside a mosque compound in Banda Aceh, Aceh Province, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Indonesian authorities publicly caned eight men who were convicted of gambling in conservative Aceh province after Friday prayers. A state prosecutor read out their punishment, and a masked man wearing robes used a thin rattan cane to whip their backs five times each. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)  (The Associated Press)

Indonesian authorities have publicly caned eight men who were convicted of gambling in conservative Aceh province.

About a thousand people watched as the eight men were caned inside a mosque compound after Friday prayers in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh.

An official said police arrested nine people who were gambling in July and seized about $130 in cash from them, but one could not be caned because of his health condition.

A state prosecutor read out their punishment, and a masked man wearing robes used a thin rattan cane to whip their backs five times each.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has a policy of secularism but allows Aceh on Sumatra island to follow a version of Islamic Shariah law. The law forbids gambling.