Mus­lim man in rights case over grave of his father

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A MUS­LIM man is pre­par­ing for a High Court fight af­ter com­plain­ing that a coun­cil breached his hu­man rights by pre­vent­ing him from build­ing an edge around his father’s grave.

Atta Ul-Haq wants to stop peo­ple walk­ing across the burial site at Streetly Ceme­tery in Wal­sall.

Bosses at Wal­sall Coun­cil have re­fused his re­quest on the ba­sis that the build­ing of an edge would breach a ceme­tery pol­icy.

He says the rules of Is­lam for­bid peo­ple from step­ping on graves and claims that the coun­cil’s pol­icy breaches his hu­man right to ex­er­cise re­li­gion – a right en­shrined in Ar­ti­cle 9 of the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights.

Coun­cil bosses have said they are con­fi­dent that their pol­icy is law­ful.

Two judges are due to an­a­lyse ev­i­dence at a High Court hear­ing in Lon­don on Tues­day.

Mr Ul-Haq’s lawyers say the case could have im­pli­ca­tions for the Is­lamic com­mu­nity.

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