The whereabouts of a woman alleged to have been kidnapped and condemned to death for adultery in a shari’a court in Tarragona are unknown. She didn’t make an appearance at court, and now the judge has advised the Morocco government that she is missing and her presence is required by the Spanish justice system.
The lawyer for the 10 accused of her kidnapping argues that this disappearance is a sign of their innocence.
The government will crack down on attempts to practice aspects of sharia (Islamic) law in the Netherlands which involve compulsion, pressure and a misuse of power, justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin told parliament on Tuesday. The minister said that some differences may be settled in a manner which does not conflict with public order, so long as they were entered into voluntarily. Nonetheless the cabinet’s job, according to Ballin, is to prevent the establishment of a parallel system in which “people take the law into their own hands or maintain their own legal system which operates outside the framework of our own legal system”.