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Denmark issues first face veil fine after tussle

Staff Writer |
Police in Denmark fined a 28-year-old woman for wearing a full face veil, the first time a punishment was meted out since it became illegal on Wednesday.

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According to local media, police issued the fine in the city of Horsholm, in the northeastern region of Nordsjaelland, after being called to a shopping centre on Friday.

The woman in the veil encountered another female who tried to tear it off, resulting in a minor scuffle.

"During the fight her niqab [veil] came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again," police officer David Borchersen said, according to Danish news agency Ritzau.

The woman was fined $156 for wearing a full face veil in public and asked to either take the garment off or leave the shopping centre. She chose to leave.

The fine was the result of a new law banning all face-covering clothing that went into effect on August 1.

Violating the regulation results in a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156). Repeated violators will be fined up to 10,000 kroner ($1,560).

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