Court rejects appeal of Muslim religious leaders in northern Greece over retirement age

Court rejects appeal of Muslim religious leaders in northern Greece over retirement age 1

Court rejects appeal of Muslim religious leaders in northern Greece over retirement age 2

Greece’s highest administrative court, the Council of State has rejected an appeal by the muftis of Xanthi and Komotini in northern Greece against their obligatory retirement at 67 years of age, which they have already passed.

Amongst other claims in their appeal, the muftis said the retirement law was a violation of religious freedom, of the European Convention on Human Rights, and of EU and international treaties on individual and civil rights.

All claims were rejected by the court which said after its plenary session that the obligatory retirement age is both part of an objective regulation on muftis and part of the civil service regulations for public servants, and agrees with the constitution which sets a term of office by justices, especially high-level ones.