A man who refused to shake hands during a Danish citizenship ceremony was denied the status of citizen, a Copenhagen official said Thursday.  

The incident comes as the result of a December 2018 Danish law requiring, as part of the naturalization process, new citizens to shake hands with the opposite sex in a ceremony.  

Badar Shah, a Pakistan-origin member of the Copenhagen City Council, said in a statement that the man could not get a Danish citizenship certificate because he refused to shake hands at the ceremony at Copenhagen City Hall.  

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