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British judge refused to allow Muslim woman in a full-length burka access to court

British judge refused to allow  Muslim woman in a full-length burka access to court

23 Aug 2013

Judge Peter Murphy said he would not allow the 21-year-old defendant to stand trial in the veil, which only revealed her eyes, because her identity had not been confirmed.

He said the principle of open justice overrode the woman's religious beliefs and warned that a different person could go into the dock pretending to be here if she did not show her face.

But the woman, from Hackney, east London, told Blackfriars Crown Court she could not remove the veil in front of any men because of her religion.

Judge Murphy told her: “It is necessary for this court to be satisfied that they can recognise the defendant.

“While I obviously respect the right to dress in any way she wishes, certainly while outside the court, the interests of justice are paramount.


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