An elderly man watching a rally against the land swap agreement signed by the leaders of Chechnya and Ingushetia held in Magas on October 8, 2018. Photo Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

25 December 2018, 10:56

Chechen residents and communities think it impossible to solve border dispute by Sharia

In the dispute over the Chechen-Ingush border, one should agree with the decision of the Constitutional Court (CC) of Russia. The decision of the Sharia Court on this issue will be as biased as the of secular one, residents of Chechnya believe.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on December 13, the Council of Teips (family clans) of Ingushetia summoned the republic's MPs to the Sharia Court aiming to establish how each of the MPs had voted on the issue of the Chechen-Ingush border. The Muslim Coordination Centre of Northern Caucasus accused activists of intimidating Ingush MPs.

It is difficult to talk about the objectivity of any decisions made by secular or Sharia courts, a teacher of the Chechen State University believes.

A student of one of Moscow universities, a native of Chechnya named Khamzat, said that he would prefer the CC that any secular or Sharia court.

Saslanbek Isaev, a journalist, considers the division of Chechens and Ingushes into two nations as an artificial but irreversible process.

There is no trust in any court decisions, whether secular or religious, said Ali, a Chechen journalist.

The Sharia Court may find the decision of the Ingush Parliament to be contrary to Islam, but cannot enforce its verdict, experts said.

The border issue of the two republics is exhausted after the CC's decision, Movsur Ibragimov, a historian, believes.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 25, 2018 at 05:48 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Magomed Tuaev; Source: CK correspondent

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