A well-known Italian right-wing politician was fined Monday for staging a protest against the wearing of burqas and other Islamic veils for women.

Daniela Santanche, a leading member of the conservative Forza Italia party of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, organized the action in Milan four years ago, outside a building where Muslims were holding end-of-Ramadan prayers.

She was handed a four-day jail sentence and a 100-euro (135-dollar) fine for not warning police about her protest. The punishment was converted into a 1,100-euro fine.

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