UK: Voluntary Sharia courts re-classed as judicial tribunals under British law

Martin Stote and David Pilditch report in the Daily Express:

The rulings of a network of five Sharia courts are enforceable with the full authority of the judicial system as they are now classed as tribunal hearings under British law.

Their powers extend to civil cases, including divorce and financial disputes, along with those involving domestic violence.

Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve said: “These tribunals have no place in passing binding decisions in divorce or criminal justice hearings. Far from handling more criminal cases they should be handling none at all.”

Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: “I think it’s appalling. I don’t think arbitration that is done by Sharia should ever be endorsed or enforced by the British state.”

Via A. Millar @ The Brussels Journal.

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Sharia Law Invades Britain
FrontPage Magazine, Phyllis Chesler, 8.16.2008

Various “merchants of hatred” aka Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, (stripped of his British citizenship but preaching in London via satellite), and his next-in-command, Anjem Choudary, are predicting that the Islamic flag will soon be flying over 10 Downing Street and they may be right. They are banking on British Muslim population growth and conversions.

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