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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Greek Supreme Court Issues Shocking Decision

Greece_flagThe Greek Supreme Court has put Shariah law above Greek civil law, thus preventing Greek Muslims from drawing up a will.

The Supreme Court annulled the will of Demeter Simeonidou, a Muslim man in Thrace who left his assets to his wife by preparing a will in accordance with Greek civil law.  Simeonidou’s sister challenged the will, claiming she was entitled to her fair share of his estate because the Islamic law of succession does not recognize a Muslim’s right to make a will.

See Abed Alloush, Shocking Decision from Greek Supreme Court, Greek Reporter, Nov. 10, 2013; see also Katerina Nikolas, Greek Supreme Court Puts Sharia Law Before Civil Law, Digital Journal, Nov. 11, 2013.


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