Ministers order probe into ‘unacceptable’ Sharia law courts operating in BRITAIN

MINISTERS have ordered a probe into the unlawful use of “discriminatory” Sharia councils as part of the Government’s counter-extremism strategy.

Tory peer Lord Bates said Islamic law is potentially being applied in an “unacceptable” way in England and Wales.

A number of Sharia councils operate in the UK to offer resolution to disputes – but they have no jurisdiction in criminal matters.

They can dissolve religious marriages but couples must go to an official court to obtain a civil divorce.