Some looters returning booty

Muslim cleric forbidding Iraqi wives from having sex with looter husbands

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Some looters returning booty
Carol Rosenberg
Knight Ridder Newspapers

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Some people are surrendering the booty they took in the Dura district of Baghdad, perhaps in response to a rumored edict by a Muslim cleric forbidding Iraqi wives from having sex with looter husbands.

Muslim clerics have been demanding that ill-gotten goods be surrendered, though none here could confirm the sex-ban order, said to have been issued in Najaf. One cleric said the rumor of the edict was widespread and that it would be consistent with Islamic teaching.

A good Muslim woman would not let this man touch her, as a signal to everybody that this is not a way to behave,? said Sheik Ali Jabouri, who also preached Monday morning that people must give up their loot.