Veiled French woman imprisoned for biting police officer

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Sept 21, 2012 - 14:38
  • Updated : Sept 21, 2012 - 14:38
MARSEILLE (AFP) -- A French Muslim teenager who was arrested for wearing a full Islamic veil was sent to prison for two months Thursday after being convicted of biting a policewoman.

Louise-Marie Suisse, 18, was stopped by two police officers near a mosque in the centre of Marseille in late July.

She was wearing a full-face veil, in breach of a ban introduced last year, and refused to cooperate with the police when asked to produce identity papers, her trial was told.

The teenager, who admitted biting one of the officers in the ensuing altercation, was given a six-month jail sentence with four suspended.

The judge went further than the prosecutor who had demanded a six-month suspended sentence.

Suisse turned up for the hearing in a full-body black niqab but with her face uncovered.

France has outraged many Muslims with its law against full veils, which came into force in April 2011 and bans covering one‘s face in public.

Violations are punishable by a fine of up to 150 euros ($190) or mandatory citizenship training.

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10대 소녀가 경찰 물어 뜯은 사연?

한 이슬람 신도인 십대 소녀가 프랑스에서 온 몸을 베일로 가렸다는 이유로 체포된 후 경찰관을 입으로 물어 뜯은 혐의로 2개월 징역형을 받았다.

루이스-마리 수스(18)는 지난 7월 2명의 경찰관에게 거리에서 검문을 받았다. 법으로 금지된 행위인 얼굴 전면을 가리는 베일을 쓰고 있었던 것이다. 그녀는 신원을 밝혀 달라는 경찰의 요구에도 불구하고 협조하지 않았다.

소녀는 그 후 2명중 한명을 입으로 물어 뜯었고 6개월의 징역형과 4개월의 집행유예를 받았다.

얼굴을 완전히 가리는 베일 착용을 금지하는 프랑스의 이 법은 많은 이슬람 신도들의 분노를 샀다.

어길 경우 150유로의 벌금을 내거나 의무 시민 교육을 받아야 한다.