Orthodox Jew fined for failing to produce ID on the Sabbath

An orthodox Jew has been found guilty by a court in The Hague of failing to produce an ID card because it was against his religious principles to carry any object on Saturday, the Jewish sabbath.

The Hague appeal court ruled the man should pay a fine of €60 for failing to prove his identity when asked by police.

Lower courts had previously ruled in the man’s favour, saying ‘the religious requirement is more important than the requirement to meet Dutch laws.’

Piet Hein Donner, the minister responsible for introducing the ID law several years ago, was warned at the time about the problems it would present to orthodox Jews.