(BBC News) A couple in Germany who divorced in a Sharia court in Syria cannot have their divorce validated under EU law, Europe's top court has ruled.
The European Court of Justice said member states must decide for themselves whether to recognise "private divorces", such as those performed in Sharia courts.
EU law is not applicable, it said.
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Islamic law allows a man to divorce his wife instantly by saying "talaq" (divorce) three times.