11 December 2017

Muslim woman is fined €30k for refusing to remove her niqab

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A woman has been fined €30,000 for wearing a niqab in her town hall in Italy.

According to Messaggero Veneto, the 40-year-old woman was wearing the Islamic full-body veil during the youth parliament meeting in Pordenone, northeast Italy at the end of last month.

The paper reports that she refused to remove the veil despite the town's mayor repeatedly asking her to do so.

The removal was intended to help identify her as she watched her son take part.

She is said to have been removed from the meeting by a police officer before she returned, causing the event to be paused again.
In an initial tribunal, the woman was sentenced to four months' detention and a €600 fine, but the penalty was converted by Rossi into a €30,600 fine but no jail time.

The woman is an Italian citizen who has lived in the country for 16 years.

Italy does not have a Burqa Ban law but it does not allow people to keep their faces covered in public for long periods of time.

2016.11.12 / 13:57
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