‘Sharia police’ street patrols enforcing Islamic law did not violate German law aimed at Hitler’s thugs

‘Sharia police’ street patrols enforcing Islamic law did not violate German law aimed at Hitler’s thugs. By the Guardian.

A German court has ruled that a group of Islamists did not break the law in forming “sharia police” street patrols and telling people to stop drinking, gambling and listening to music.

The ultra-conservative Muslim group around the German Salafist convert Sven Lau sparked public outrage with their vigilante patrols in the western city of Wuppertal in 2014, but prosecutors have struggled to build a case against them.

The city’s district court ruled that the seven accused members of the group did not breach a ban on political uniforms when they approached people while wearing orange vests bearing the words “Sharia Police”.

Judges said there could only be a violation of the law – originally aimed against street movements such as the early Nazi party – if the uniforms were “suggestively militant or intimidating”, a court spokesman said. …

The “sharia police” members walked the streets of Wuppertal in September 2014, telling nightclub-goers to refrain from drinking alcohol and listening to music, and arcade customers not to play games for money.

German court: Sharia police may patrol streets, by Mordechai Sones.

Court in Germany authorizes group of self-appointed Sharia police to continue enforcing Islamic law in city of Wuppertal.

The issue has been brewing ever since 2014, when German politicians reacted strongly to reports of young Salafists conducting nightly “Sharia police” patrols in the city, ordering people to stop various activities, according to the International Business Times. …

Ministers in Angela Merkel’s coalition have denounced the actions and said that Germany would not tolerate such Sharia activity.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere earlier said that the civilians could not patrol the streets instead of German police.

“Sharia law is not tolerated on German soil,” de Maiziere told the German daily Bild. “Nobody can take it upon themselves to abuse the good name of the German police,” he added.

Sharia patrols” have been seen in other European cities including London, Copenhagen and Hamburg.

Enforcement of Islamic law by vigilantes is OK, because a PC judge — perhaps believing Islam is a “religion of peace” — finds their uniforms are not “suggestively militant or intimidating”? What’s more intimidating about the brown shirts worn by Hitler’s thugs, compared to the orange vests bearing the words “Sharia Police” by Islamic enforcers?

hat-tip Stephen Neil