UCOIIUnione delle Comunità ed Organizzazioni Islamiche in Italia (Italian Islamic Communities Union)
UCOIIUnione Comunità Islamiche Italiane (Italian Islamic Communities Union)
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THE PREDOMINANCE OF UCOII AT THE ORGANIZATIONAL LEVEL HAS STRONG repercussions on the relationship between the Italian state and the Muslim community and the legal recognition of Islam, a source of major political controversies.
Conversely, the Italian state has experienced the opposite problems when dealing with the proposals of intesa submitted by UCOII since 1990.
The Italian state has cited two reasons for turning down all of the intesa drafts submitted by the UCOII." (26) The first is that some of the requests advanced by UCOII are incompatible with the legal framework and/or excessive.
The most controversial issue faced by Pisanu in selecting the members of the Consulta was whether members of UCOII were to be included.
The problems generated by UCOII's inclusion in the Consulta have only grown as the body held its first meetings in 2006.
(37) In open opposition to UCOII and its refusal to sign the Charter, the Federation aims at becoming the body that will eventually sign the intesa with the Italian state.
(11.) History of UCOII, available at: http://www.islam-ucoii.it/artcomuni.htm
(14.) It is noteworthy that, in the September 2007 decree denying UCOII's claim to sue for defamation, Shaykh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, the leader of the Italian Muslim Association (AMI) who had accused UCOII of being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, Milan Public Magistrate Gaetano Ruta openly stated that "historically documented circumstances" prove UCOII's links to the Brotherhood.
(18.) Nour Dachan and Roberto Piccardo, respectively UCOII's president and spokesman, have been indicted for incitement to racial hatred for a strongly anti-Israeli and possibly anti- Semitic insertion published by UCOII in various newspapers during the summer of 2006.
(25.) UCOII's intesa draft, available at: http://www.islam-ucoii.it/intesa.htm