Spain's Supreme Court has given the thumbs down to a controversial burqa ban in the Catalan town of Lleida in a ruling with wide-reaching implications.

The Supreme Court of Spain announced on Thursday that a ban on the wearing of burqas in the Catalonian town of Lleida (Lérida) was illegal.

The decision of February 14th — the court's first ever on the burqa — means the municipal ban that had prevented women in Lleida from wearing burqas since October 2010 is now null and void.

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