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Their sentences, which were carried out in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, were reduced by two strokes of the cane due to time already served in detention.
Hundreds of people turned up to watch the punishments being meted out to the two men and other Indonesians convicted of different offences.
Aceh has a special legal status allowing it to insert Sharia bylaws into the criminal code.
According to Human Rights Watch, they received 83 lashes on Tuesday, with two subtracted for the two months they spent in detention.
The public caning took place outside a mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh.