Men convicted for playing dominoes
Three Indonesian men convicted of playing dominoes for money escaped before a public caning in devoutly Muslim Aceh province.
Local Islamic police chief Muhammad Rusli said they bolted during an unguarded bathroom visit minutes before the punishment for violating anti-gambling laws.
The fugitives were caught playing dominoes for 1,000 rupiah (10 US cents) per game.
They were to receive six strokes of the cane each outside a mosque.
Aceh adopted Islamic law banning alcohol and gambling after gaining semiautonomy from the secular government following a decades-long civil war.
Last year, politicians there imposed stoning to death as a punishment for adultery.
The vast majority of Indonesia's roughly 200 million Muslims practice moderate Islam.