Lawyers, teachers forced to undergo ISIL’s sharia courses

About a month ago, “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) gunmen summoned Syrian lawyer Ezzedine Abu Abed to one of their headquarters in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, warned him not to engage in any kind of legal work and informed him he must undergo a course in sharia to qualify him to work in ISIL sharia courts.

Abu Abed, who worked as a lawyer before the outbreak of the revolution more than three years ago but had been out of work due to the security situation and the stoppage of work at courts, had been limited in his legal practice to writing sales contracts and resolving disputes between residents every now and then.

After the ISIL gunmen summoned him, Abu Abed told Al-Shorfa, he was told that all lawyers in areas under the group’s control “would undergo this course without exception, including those who refuse to work at sharia courts”.