Moscow, April 27, Interfax - Russian human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin believes that lawyer Dagir Khasavov calling for the creation of sharia courts in Russia should be prosecuted.
Khasavov said in a recent interview with Ren-TV that Russia's Muslims do not wish to go to secular courts and therefore should use sharia courts, adding that bloodshed will happen otherwise.
"This statement gave me hard feelings. I would like to remind to everyone who lives in our country that Russia has a Constitution and laws that citizens are to observe. Decisions on punishment can only be made by courts and they cannot be ignored," Lukin said.
"No doubt, this statement should be followed by prosecution. This statement is provocation and blackmailing, deliberate or not, but the state should react very toughly to this," Lukin said.