Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sharia Courts in Kenya Deemed Dangerous

Kenya court rules Islamic courts are illegal

Page last updated at 18:06 GMT, Monday, 24 May 2010 19:06 UK
Muslims pray at a mosque in MombasaMuslims have had their own court system since colonial rule
Kenya's Islamic courts are illegal and discriminatory, a panel of judges has ruled.
The three judges said the Islamic "Kadhi" courts favoured Islam over other faiths, and that this was unconstitutional as Kenya was a secular country.
The issue of Islamic courts has been a contentious point in the country's new proposed constitution.
It is due to go to a referendum in August.
The Kadhi courts - set up under British colonial rule - mainly deal with matters of marriage and inheritance for Kenya's Muslim minority.
The Christian church in Kenya brought the case to court six years ago.
As part of a power-sharing deal to end deadly riots following elections in December 2007, it was agreed that a new constitution would be written.

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