A bus driver in Germany is facing a fine of up to €10,000 for preventing a Muslim woman who was wearing a face veil from getting on his bus, according to a police spokesman.
The driver in the town of Leer, Lower Saxony, repeatedly refused to let the pregnant woman on the bus, the spokesman said on Thursday, as cited by The Local.
The woman’s husband later reported the incident to the local police.
The driver is now being investigated for an administrative offense, according to the spokesperson. He could be fined as much as €10,000 ($10,623).
The private bus company contracted by the city of Emden to run the local service has admitted that its driver violated local regulations, explaining that he had acted out of ignorance.
Temmo Poppenga from the Emden city authority also spoke out, saying “this type of thing cannot be allowed to happen and must not be repeated.”
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