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article imageMuslim woman fined by Italian city for wearing burqa

By Andrew Moran     May 4, 2010 in World
Novara - An Italian city has fined a Muslim woman for wearing a full Islamic veil in the northern city of Novara after her husband failed to identify her to male police officers, which prompted the local police department to call in a female cop.
Over the past month, there has been fierce debate in many European nations as to whether or not burqas should be prohibited.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy stated last month that the Islamic veil oppresses women, while the Belgian Parliament, which voted in favor of banning the Burqa, said it’s a security risk.
On Tuesday, Italian police fined a Muslim woman, Amel Marmouri, for wearing a full Islamic veil in the streets of the northern city of Novara, according to Al Jazeera. City officials said the woman was given a $650 fine and stated this is the first such incident in the country.
Marmouri, 26, was accompanied by her husband and was fined for refusing to remove her burqa for the Italian police to identify her because Marmouri’s husband did not want male officers to see her.
Press TV notes that she was still fined despite showing her face to a local female police officer who was dispatched to the scene.
Since 1975, reports AFP, Italy has banned people from covering their faces in public, such as a veil. “City hall adopted a decree in late January banning the burqa in public places and their vicinity, which is based on a commentary by the interior ministry who received a copy of the draft,” said a local Northern League official.
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