Sharia will rule in Libya

The Universal national council (the parliament) of the Libya has adopted a decision to make Sharia the basis of Libyan legislation.

Now the legal rules, stipulate in the Koran and in the narrations about the life of the prophet Muhammad (Hadith), will be used as the basis for the functioning of all of the state institutions and establishments of the country. First of all it will affect the criminal law, as well as the legislation in the banking and financial sector.

All existing laws will be reviewed by the 16 muftis, who comprise a special commission. All the laws, which will not correspond to the norms of Sharia, will be abolished.

In the autumn of 2011, the previous leader of Libya Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and murdered. Then the new leaders of the country promised that the Libyans will live according to the norms of moderate Islam.

For example, Sharia prescribes the following:
- 100 lashes for adultery of a woman or a man (with compulsory presence of the faithful witnesses);
- Retribution for premeditated infliction of disability or injury in an equal extent (on the principle of «an eye for an eye») (but the victim or the family of the disabled have the right to refuse from this right);
- Cutting off the hand for a theft (in the case the theft amount is one-quarter of dinar and more);
- Stoning (rajim) for adultery of a married woman or a married man (the presence of at least four witnesses is obligatory);
- The death penalty for apostasy.

Елизавета Будько


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