World Bulletin / News Desk
Austrian police on Monday fined a French businessman under a controversial face-covering ban.
Algerian-origin Rashid Nekkaz became the first person to be fined under the law, which came into force on Oct. 1 despite objections from Muslim groups.
Nekkaz covered his face with banknotes and photos of the country's foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz.
Protesting against the ban in front of the foreign ministry in the capital Vienna, Nekkaz said women should have the right to wear whatever they want.
He also demanded a meeting with Kurz.
Police later took Nekkaz into the ministry building and fined him €50 ($58).
Nekkaz told journalists after his release the law was "disgraceful" for Austria.
"I think you should change this law as soon as possible," he said.
The law -- which prevents people from concealing their face -- applies to all public places, including transport facilities, and police have the power to demand the removal of concealing veils.
Those who refuse to comply may be taken to a police station, a ministry statement said last month.
Austrian lawmakers passed the ban in May, despite the tiny number of Muslim women in the country who sport the face-covering burqa.
Those opposed to the legislation say the ban is discriminatory.
Farah Alhajeh owed damages after job interview cancelled when she did not shake hands due to her religious beliefs
Muslim Council of Britain says ex-foreign secretary Johnson's 'incendiary remarks highlights underbelly of Islamophobia'
Famed imam Mohammed Mahmoud urges government to take more action and even tackle Islamophobia within ruling party ranks
19-year-old Muslim teen on Monday suffered physical and verbal assaults
Man shouts Islamopohobic slurs, threatens Muslim patients with knife at small clinic in northwestern Germany
One of the mosques belongs to the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB)
Announcement follows similar calls made by Muslim Council of Britain and senior Conservative Party members
Sajid Javid hits back at letter seeking probe of Islamophobia problem, despite support from senior Tory MPs and peers
Board member of Alternative for Germany party criticizes German football player of Turkish origin Mesut Ozil
Ramadan Tent Project hosts annual event for Muslims and non-Muslims across the UK
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, when Muslims contemplate their relationship with God, carry out compassionate sacrifices, build community and help those in need.
School officials thank community for outpouring of support
Manifesto demanding change in Quran verses is 'Western version of ISIL' terrorists, says Turkish deputy premier
Issue over dress code started after new deputy principal arrived
Bissonnette feared Muslims would attack, kill his family