Defense lawyers of a Muslim man accused of a hold-up claimed that their client was put into a “weak position” because he was fasting during the time of his trial and requested it be rescheduled. One of the man’s lawyers, Mr. Yann Choucq, said that his trial would fall 14 days into the fast which would impede a proper defense: “the constraints of Ramadan, from a physiological perspective, place people in a weak position.” This case marks the first time a case has been postponed due to Ramadan in France.

In Libération, Fadéla Amara, Secretary of State for Urban Policies in the Conservative UMP, has responded that “religion has nothing to do with the justice system” and called for “vigilance” in the matter.

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