Paolo Grossi, the new president of Italy's Constitutional Court, on Wednesday hailed a ruling earlier in the day that struck down a Lombardy regional law restricting the development of mosques in the northern Italian region.

"Our concern is to be custodians of fundamental rights: the essential nucleus of the sentence is based on avoiding discriminations, as the Court adjudged were present in the law," he said.

The anti-immigrant Northern League earlier slammed the top court's ruling as "Islamic".

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