A Muslim mathematics teacher in a municipal school in Belgium won her legal battle to wear a veil in class on Thursday when an appeals court overturned a lower court decision.

The teacher, whose identity was not given in Belgian news reports, had been banned by school officials last September from wearing a veil while teaching -- even though she had done so for more than two years.

Her initial attempt to challenge the ban failed when a court in the French-speaking industrial city of Charleroi sided with the school, citing a decree on the "neutrality" of the national francophone school system.

Read the complete original version of this item...