Sharia Law Makes Debut in Swedish Court – Iraqi Wife-Beater Acquitted Due to Wife’s “Lowly” Parentage

Source: ‘Hair-Raising’: Sharia Law Makes Its Debut in Swedish Court – Sputnik International

“The man stems from a good family, unlike the woman.” With this argument, a Swedish court has acquitted an Iraqi man charged with abusing his wife, sparking outrage over the first instance where “Sharia Law” was applied by the Nordic nation’s legal system.

In a landmark case, the Solna District Court has acquitted an Iraqi man suspected of abusing wife by pushing her against furniture, pulling her hair and hitting her face with a shoe. The court called the credibility of the woman’s testimony into question, stressing her “lowly” parentage, the daily newspaper Aftonbladet reported.

In addition to stressing that the man “came from a good family,” unlike the woman, the court ruled that the fact that the woman turned to the police instead of the husband’s family “further” undermined her credibility. According to the court, “the normal thing” to do “in these circles” would be to try and resolve the conflict within the family.

The ruling, adopted by a divided court, triggered an immediate response from Sweden’s legal circles.

“This is one of the most prejudiced and strange judgments I have read. Not completely unexpectedly dictated by two lay judges. Still no one in charge who wants to do something about the lay judge system?” former Swedish Bar Association president Bengt Ivarsson tweeted.

​Prosecutor Josefine Dahlqvist appealed the ruling straight away, claiming that the ruling violated the foundations of Sweden’s legal system.

​One of the two lay judges who freed the man is Center Party veteran Ebtisam Aldebe, who is known for having advocated special legislation for Sweden’s Muslims (especially in divorce and inheritance rights) in a 2006 interview with Swedish broadcaster SVT. Aldebe ran for parliament in 2014 and is a member of the social committee in Solna. Aldebe also played a key role in rejecting at least three Christian converts asylum during her time as board member in Stockholm’s Administrative Court, according to the Christian newspaper Världen Idag.

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“I’ve ruled in many cases. I’ve ruled in favor of men in some cases and in favor of women in others. In this case, I followed the law. Swedish law,” Ebtisam Aldebe argued in her defense.

However, Center Party leader Annie Lööf condemned the ruling and called for both lay judges to leave their roles.

“Horrendous judgment in Solna. Hair-raising reasoning and values that have no place in a state built on legal principles. These values have no place in our party. Our politics are based on all people’s equal rights and value, and being equal before the law,” Lööf tweeted.

​Roger Haddad, justice spokesman for the Liberal Party, which alongside the Center Party is part of the four-party center-right Alliance opposition, stressed that “politically appointed lay judges” were unacceptable.

“I definitely do not want those who are in favor of sharia laws in Sweden,” Haddad tweeted.

​Following accusations of supporting “honor-related culture,” the Center Party was forced to specifically stress in a clarifying tweet it was “not in favor of sharia law.” The Center Party also tweeted that it had lost confidence in both lay judges.

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​Political scientist Stig-Björn Ljunggren ventured in an interview with the Nyheter Idag news outlet that Islamists are being recruited to stress the parties’ willingness to be representative, inclusive and diverse.

8 thoughts on “Sharia Law Makes Debut in Swedish Court – Iraqi Wife-Beater Acquitted Due to Wife’s “Lowly” Parentage

  1. When these two married, they became one, therefore, neither his nor her parentage matter. If parentage matters at all, then his was lowered when they married and hers was raised, making them of equal stature.

    The Qur’an says the marital relationship is based on tranquillity, unconditional love, tenderness, protection, encouragement, peace, kindness, comfort, justice and mercy.

    If the koran proscribes abuse, then this abuse is not islamic, but cultural. But these men are no longer living in islamic countries, but western. As such, they must abide by western mores. Given this, these judges gravely and legally erred in their ruling. When a judge renders judgement in non-applicable law, they subvert the law and must face penalty including removal from the bench and revocation of all legal rights and authority to impose the law.

  2. “Political scientist Stig-Björn Ljunggren ventured in an interview with the Nyheter Idag news outlet that Islamists are being recruited to stress the parties’ willingness to be representative, inclusive and diverse.”

    So, it’s all about making the politicians feel better? No concern for the law, truth and certainly not for the victim.

  3. I thought part of the left/libber agenda was to make it ridiculously easy to convict men accused of “domestic abuse.” Well, I guess that agenda doesn’t extend to Muslim defendants. Hey wife-beaters, convert now & tell the cops it’s approved in your oppressed non-Western culture. See Kor’an 4:36 among others, but don’t trust your translator. That verse doesn’t say “reprove” or “reproach” or “chastise” your wife; if your translation says that, you paid good money for taqiyyah.

  4. Pingback: British court recognises sharia law in landmark divorce case | Creeping Sharia

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