Monday, July 6, 2009

Cabinet will Investigate Whether there are Shari’a Courts

Minister of Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Christian Democrat) will investigate whether there are Shari’a courts functioning in the Netherlands. Parliament had asked the government to clarify if mosques or imams in the Netherlands are passing judgments on financial or family affairs according to Shari’a law. Hirsch Ballin added that there cannot be a parallel structure in the Netherlands which undermines the Dutch legal system. There are also investigations underway about possible polygamous marriages and Islamic marriages which precede civil ceremonies, another matter which is illegal in the Netherlands.,2

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