Thursday, July 14, 2005

Legal Issues In The Al-Timimi Trial

Renowned Middle Eastern scholar Daniel Pipes has commented on this recent trial here in Virginia. :

"Comment: The legal track is another theater – and one of the better ones, actually – for figuring out exactly what is the relationship of radical Islam to Islam, of ideology to religion. As Blum points out,

"'The case illustrates the difficulty in prosecuting suspected terrorists who subscribe to a form of militant Islam, without airing tenets of the religion itself before a jury. And it raises the question of how far is too far whenit comes to using a defendant's religious beliefs as evidence of criminal intent. The issue will likely continue to confront judges as more cases against accused terrorists come to trial.'"

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