Switzerland's highest court has declared invalid a controversial proposal to close an Islamic training centre at Fribourg University.

The judges ruled that the initiative by the rightwing Swiss People's Party was in violation of anti-discrimination rules in the Swiss constitution, according to a court statement on Wednesday.

It said that the promoters of the initiative justified their proposal mainly with anti-Islamic reasons.

The Fribourg cantonal parliament last year decided not to let voters have the final say on the initiative, prompting the People's Party to appeal.

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