Spanish court overturns city ban on face veils

Last Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 20:22

Madrid: A Spanish court has overturned a city`s ban on wearing face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings, saying it infringes religious liberties.

In 2010, Lleida, in the northeastern region of Catalonia, became the first Spanish town to impose such a ban. It was temporarily suspended by a regional court following an appeal by a Muslim association but then later upheld.

Spain`s Supreme Court today accepted a second appeal and said the city was not entitled to order such a ban.

It said that in line with Spanish and European rulings, such a prohibition must be based on a law, which does not exist in Spain at present.

The Lleida ban was largely symbolic since only about 3 percent of its population is Muslim and very few wear such garments.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 20:22

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