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Saturday, April 05, 2008 

Polygamy is now allowed in UK

When a Muslim is the one doing it, it's legal, I guess. From the Daily Mail (via Hot Air):
When it comes to avoiding a ban for speeding, the courts hear every excuse in the book.

But yesterday one motorist offered what must be a unique reason why he should keep his licence.

Mohammed Anwar said a ban would make it difficult to commute between his two wives and fulfil his matrimonial duties.

His lawyer told a Scottish court the Muslim restaurant owner has one wife in Motherwell and another in Glasgow - he is allowed up to four under his religion - and sleeps with them on alternate nights.

He also needed his driving licence to run his restaurant in Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

Airdrie Sheriff Court had heard that Anwar was caught driving at 64mph in a 30mph zone in Glasgow, fast enough to qualify for instant disqualification.

Anwar admitted the offence, but Sheriff John C. Morris accepted his plea not to be banned and allowed him to keep his licence.

Instead, he was fined £200 and given six penalty points.

Lorna Jackson, from the road safety charity Brake, called the decision "astonishing".

She said: "Regardless of the number of wives or businesses this man drives to, he broke a law which is there to protect everyone.

"Travelling just a few miles over the limit in a 30mph zone can be the difference between life and death if you hit someone, let alone driving at more than twice the speed limit.

"Drivers know the law, and they know the punishment they could face when they break it.

"For the courts to allow someone to keep their licence when they have so blatantly flouted the law and put peoples' lives at risk, on the basis of an excuse such as this, is astonishing."

Anwar, wearing a suit and an open-neck shirt, had made no comment during his five-minute court appearance, apart from confirming his identity.

But last night, speaking from his restaurant Sanam, he said: "It is true I have two wives.

"Muslim men are allowed up to four. But I am not a religious leader and it is not my place to comment.

"As a matter of respect to my wives I would not comment on my home life.

"The sheriff did not ban me because I need my licence to run my business, although my wives were also part of the decision."
So let's see, the local police constabulary let this man off not just because of his business, but also because he has two wives, is that it? And I guess if he'd struck anyone down in his path while speeding, even if they didn't let him off the hook then, they'd still give him reduced jail time for the sake of his polygamist practices?

Most terrible is how this is taking place in Scotland, showing that they're clearly in dire need of better lawmakers who don't succumb to the same madness as the English are.

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