Greece: Sharia courts’ powers to be limited

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Greece has had Sharia courts and their influence since the time of the Ottoman Empire. But enough already! From Kathimerini

Parliament voted legislation on Tuesday that limits the influence of Islamic Sharia law courts in the region of Thrace in northeastern Greece, which is home to some 100,000 Greek Muslims. 

The bill was submitted to Parliament on Tuesday after a complaint was filed by a Muslim woman in the town of Komotini, regarding an inheritance dispute, with Europe’s Court of Human Rights.

The bill, which was backed by Greece’s largest political parties, will abolish rules introduced almost a century ago whereby many civil cases involving members of the Muslim community were referred to Sharia courts.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras described the new legislation as “historic,” as, he said, “it widens and deepens equality among all Greeks.”

According to the new law, Greek courts will have priority in all cases. . . Tsipras said, adding that under the previous situation, many Muslims had been deprived of individual rights “which all Greeks should enjoy.”

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