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Minaret ban sparks several appeals

The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed receiving a number of appeals against the Swiss electorate’s decision banning the construction of minarets.

A spokesman for the court in the French city of Strasbourg said a number of appeals were being considered in addition to that presented by former Geneva mosque spokesman Hafid Ouardiri.

The spokesman, quoted by the French news agency AFP, said Ouardiri’s request would be registered within the next few days and examined according to normal procedures, which could take several months.

Five other letters “of a general nature” have been received by the court after 57.5 per cent of Swiss voters came out in favour of the ban on November 29.

Before the Strasbourg court can examine the appeals in detail, all judicial means of appeal have to be exhausted in Switzerland, even as far as Switzerland’s highest instance, the Federal Court in Lausanne.

The president of the Strasbourg court, Jean-Paul Costa, has admitted that it will not be easy to accept appeals on the issue after the minaret vote in Switzerland, saying it was a “complex legal problem”.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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