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Council of State Allows for Mosque in Athens
by Nikoleta Kalmouki
The Council of State gave the green light to the construction of a mosque in Athens, Greece.
The general assembly of the state council has rejected an appeal to prevent the construction of a mosque in the region of Votanikos as well as the financing of its construction by the Greek state. It approved a state funding of 1.1 million euros for the mosque's construction on land belonging to the Hellenic Navy in Votanikos.
Greece's highest administrative court ruled that the legislative framework for the construction of the mosque does not violate the principles of equality and freedom of expression of religious belief, but instead it protects the Muslims' rights. According to the court, the construction of the mosque is necessary as Greece is engaged by the international treaties it has signed and by its Constitution that foresees the free exercise of religion.
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