Missouri House Members Mull Ban On International Laws
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man who described himself as a former member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization says he supports a Missouri proposal to bar courts from considering international law or Sharia, which is the Islamic religious law.
Kamal Saleem told a House committee that Sharia law limits speech rights and can levy harsh penalties for violations. Saleem testified by telephone Wednesday, which is unusual.
Saleem, who is a Christian, spoke with two others at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2008 about terrorism. Some professors have questioned the men's accounts about their background. The Air Force has said the three had been checked out by Air Force intelligence and are genuine.
The Missouri proposal is sponsored by House member Don Wells, a Republican from Cabool. Wells says courts here should only consider laws developed in the U.S.