Donner stands by Sharia Law remarks

13th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has refused to backtrack from his assertion that Sharia Law could be introduced to the Netherlands via democratic means.

13 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has refused to backtrack from his assertion that Sharia Law could be introduced to the Netherlands via democratic means.

But he expressed regret the impression has formed he is in favour of the introduction of the Islamic law.

MPs from various parties have criticised the views expressed by Donner, a member of the Christian Democrat Party (CDA). "People are now trying to suggest I am for the introduction of Sharia. That is not the case," he said.

The Minister emphasised that aspects of Sharia law conflict with the Dutch Constitution. But in the theoretical situation that a majority of the Dutch public wanted Sharia Law, the Constitution would have to be altered. This is something he would always work to prevent happening, he said.

Donner expressed amazement that his original remarks have been met with such hostility.


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