- Oct 28, 2007
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A judge has refused to let a Muslim woman in a full-length burka enter a plea until she reveals her face.The 21-year-old from Hackney, who is charged with intimidating a witness, said she could not remove the veil in front of men because of her religion.
Judge Peter Murphy said however, she could not stand trial in the veil, which only reveals her eyes, because her identity could not be confirmed.
The woman's barrister, Claire Burtwistle, told the court the woman was not prepared to lower her veil with men in the room and suggested a female police officer or prison guard could identify the defendant and confirm it to the court. Link
Had to laugh at the cheek of the woman, however it reminds me of the teacher's assistant in Preston a few years ago who took her employer to court for sacking her when she refused to remove her burka when the teacher she was supposed to be assisting was in the same classroom.
Her claim that she could not remove her veil because of her religion was utterly false so it was damn right of the judge to order her to remove her veil in court for her plea. The principle "equal before the law" had to be upheld.