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Prosecutors in the northern Italian city of Milan have asked a court to give conservative lawmaker Daniela Santanche a one-month jail term and a 100-euro fine for holding an unauthorised protest against the Islamic burqa in 2009.

The prosecutors also ordered Egyptian Ahmed El Badry to pay a 2,000 euro fine for punching Santanche in the chest during the demonstration on 20 September 2009 at the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Santanche, a staunch supporter of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, organised the protest against the head-to-toe burqa worn by observant Muslim women, which she called "a portable prison".


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