Dutch court rules Muslim criminal may serve at Christian rehabilitation center

An appeals court has ruled that a Muslim man, undergoing treatment as part of a sentence for criminal fraud, may continue his program at a Christian rehabilitation center. The criminal moved into a Christian center in Leiden after a Middleburg district court suspended his prison sentence and ordered therapy for him to control his cocaine addiction.

While the man himself had no objections to the program and is able to conduct five daily prayers at the center, the Public Prosecutor objected to the treatment on the grounds that it infringed on the man’s religious freedom. An appeal court has ruled that he may continue his stay at the treatment center.