September 15, 2008

Sharia Courts in Britain

Rulings issued by a network of five sharia courts are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system, through the county courts or High Court.

Previously, the rulings of sharia courts in Britain could not be enforced, and depended on voluntary compliance among Muslims.

It has now emerged that sharia courts with these powers have been set up in London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester with the network's headquarters in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Two more courts are being planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

What of the non-Muslims living in those areas?  How long before they can be punished under sharia laws?  Also, can a Muslim, in a sharia court, opt out just by saying he (or she) is a Christian?

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