Muslims in the Schilderswijk district of The Hague in the Netherlands denied claims that shariah (Islamic law) was being enforced in their neighborhood as a visiting group of municipal council members called the allegations "unfounded."
The discussion erupted over a story published in a Dutch newspaper saying shariah was being applied in Schilderswijk. "We have visited the district. We haven't determined anything proving the execution of shariah. The street has only one boss, the police," İbo Gülsen, a Liberal Party member of the municipal council said. Gert Jan Bakker, a Christian Democrat Alliance (CDA) member of the group, said there wasn't any sign of pressure and there would not be a need to emphasize the claims in Parliament. Anti-Islamist far-right PVV leader Geert Wilders and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher have also visited the district.