A Muslim leader in Italy has deplored the 'cataloguing' by police in recent weeks of Muslims attending mosque in the northern city of Treviso and surrounding areas. Treviso is a stronghold of the anti-immigrant Northern League party.
"The incidents reported of what amounts to the mass catalogues of Muslims in the province of Treviso are of unpredecented in gravity," the spokesman for Italy's largest Muslim umbrella group UCOII, Hamza Piccardo, told Adnkronos International (AKI).
Piccardo, a Muslim convert said he had only learned of the situation on Friday when a Muslim told him police stopped him outside a mosque in Montebello in the province of Treviso and asked to see his documents.
The police also photographed all the Muslims attending Friday prayers at the Montebello mosque, Piccardo said.