Two men are to be caned 85 times each in public after being convicted for having gay sex in Indonesia.
The two Aceh men face a maximum punishment of 100 strokes of the cane, but the prosecution said they should receive 80 strokes because they were young and had admitted their guilt.
One wept as his sentence was read out - the other pleaded for a lighter sentence. They were prosecuted under Aceh's strict sharia code. Their assailants were not charged.
They were caught together in bed in March by vigilantes who burst into the boarding house where they were staying in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.
Aceh province is the only one of Indonesia's 34 provinces that has seen enforcement of Sharia by-laws since 2006 and its application to non-Muslims since 2015.
Indonesia is officially a secular country, but Aceh, where the two men live, practises Shariah law.
"The arrest and detention of these two men underscores the abuse imbedded in Aceh's discriminatory, anti-LGBT ordinances", said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia division director at Human Right Watch. The second nodded gently and did not say anything. One of them later reportedly "confessed" to "being a gay couple".
"This is an ordeal for our family", he said.
They were then turned over to the sharia police.
"As Muslims, the defendants should uphold the sharia law that prevails in Aceh", he added.
A sentence recommendation is a usual step in an Indonesian court case and is typically followed soon afterwards by a verdict.
The region has since 2001 been allowed by the Indonesian government to adopt bylaws which criminalise homosexuality as well as punishing women who do not cover their bodies.
Public caning sentences have been handed down previously only for gambling and drinking alcohol.
Indonesia's reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam has been battered in the past year due to attacks on religious minorities, a surge in persecution of gays and a polarizing election campaign for governor of the capital Jakarta that highlighted the growing strength of hard-line Islamic groups.
Authorities in the province on the northern tip of Sumatra island caned 339 people in 2016 for a range of crimes, according to HRW.
"The verdict will increase fear among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people, not only in Aceh but also in many other, especially conservative provinces... in Indonesia", Human Rights Watch's Andreas Harsono told the Straits Times. More than 300 people were caned for such offences previous year.