Judge Tosses Defamation Suit Over Interpretation of Sharia Law

A Bergen County Superior Court judge on Jan. 7, 2016 dismissed a defamation suit by a woman in Saudi Arabia against her half-sister in New Jersey. The plaintiff said she was falsely accused of having sexual relations with many men under the guise of an nontraditional marriage known in Saudi Arabia and other countries as a Misyar. Bruce S. Rosen, who represented the defendant, argued that the allegations were religious in nature and could not be decided by a secular court.

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