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Islamic Law’s Foothold in German Legal System

An appeals court in northwestern Germany has decided a contentious divorce case based on Islamic Sharia law.
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In an interview with the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, Wagner describes the Islamic shadow justice system in Germany as “very foreign, and for a German lawyer, completely incomprehensible at first. It follows its own rules. The Islamic arbitrators aren’t interested in evidence when they deliver a judgment, and unlike in German criminal law, the question of who is at fault doesn’t play much of a role.”

When Der Spiegel asked why it was wrong for two parties to try to resolve a dispute among themselves, Wagner replied: “The problem starts when the arbitrators force the justice system out of the picture, especially in the case of criminal offenses. At that point they undermine the state monopoly on violence. Islamic conflict resolution in particular, as I’ve experienced it, is often achieved through violence and threats. It’s often a dictate of power on the part of the stronger family.”

Wagner says political correctness is contributing to the rise of Sharia law in Germany. In an interview with the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Wager states: “I’ve studied 16 recent crime cases here with Muslim citizens involved. In almost 90% of all cases where Muslim arbitrators were commissioned, the perpetrators were acquitted by German courts or the cases were dropped altogether by the prosecution for lack of evidence. It’s an alarming finding, and it throws a bad light on our courts.”

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-basedGatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him onFacebook.

Originally published at Gatestone Institute.

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About the Author: The writer is the Senior Analyst for Transatlantic Relations at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group, one of the oldest and most influential foreign policy think tanks in Spain.


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4 Responses to “Islamic Law’s Foothold in German Legal System”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Subject: AS I HAVE BEEN PREDICTING.

    RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=4589

  2. Are you sure you don't know why you've been banned from HuffPo?

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    Rabbi, you are truly clueless. Allowing religious law to be enforced in secular courts is a tremendous PLUS for religious Jews.

  4. Anonymous says:

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    forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php? f=6&t=175173

    There is nothing wrong with Muslim clerics visiting Auschwitz and praying for the persons who died there. But it is a distortion of reality to claim…

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    We are living in pre Holocaust times. European Jewry is facing major anti-Semitism and parts of Europe are Judenrein. Israel is facing a possible Holocaust from Iran and surrounding enemies. I was just banned from the Huffington Post for expressing my displeasure with Muslims praying at Auschwitz over my family ashes. Extremist Muslims want Israel and all Jews annihilated. My plea to all Jews: Speak out. Tell your Rabbis not to remain silent. We are running out of time.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

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