Spanish Imam under investigation for calls to beat wives

Abdeslam Laarusi, an imam at the Badr mosque in Terrassa near Barcelona allegedly issued instructions during Friday prayers on how to beat unruly women without leaving telltale marks. The Muslim cleric advised using “fists and sticks on various parts of the body to avoid breaking bones or drawing blood”, investigators said. “He provided concrete examples of the manner in which wives should be beaten, how to isolate them inside the family home and how to deny them sexual relations,” said the police in a statement, saying they had received testimony from numerous witnesses. The case echoes that of another imam in the southern Spanish city of Fuengirola, who in 2004 was jailed after publishing a handbook instructing Muslim men how to control their spouses.