A 40-year-old Muslim woman has received a fine of 30,600 euros ($33,200) after refusing to take off her niqab in the city hall in the town of Pordenone in Italy.
According to the local newspaper Messaggero Veneto, the woman was wearing the full Muslim garment under a political youth meeting in the city hall.
She was asked to take off her veil to make it possible to identify her as she looked at her son attended the meeting.
The city's mayor several times asked if she would remove the veil, but the woman refused. She was then removed by police, but later appeared again, which meant that the meeting had to be stopped once again.
In the trial that followed, the woman was originally sentenced to pay a fine of 600 euros and received a prison sentence of four months, but the sentence was later converted into 30.600 euros, but without imprisonment.
Italy has no law that makes it illegal to wear the burqa, niqab or hijab, but it is not allowed to keep your face hidden in public spaces for extended periods.
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