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A civil rights campaigner has welcomed a ruling by a judge that will allow a woman to appear in court wearing a full-face veil.
A Muslim woman, known only as D, has been allowed to stand trial while wearing a full-face veil but must remove it while giving evidence, a judge has ruled.
Judge Murphy said that when the woman is asked to take off the niqab ahead of giving evidence, she should be given some time to reflect.
The judge said it was necessary for a democratic society to restrict the rights of a defendant to wear a niqab during court proceedings.
A Muslim woman will be allowed to stand trial while wearing a full-face veil but must remove it while giving evidence, a judge has ruled.
Lawyers for the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had argued that it would breach her human rights and be counter to Britain's tolerance of Islamic dress to remove her niqab against her wishes.
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A Muslim woman has been ordered to remove her full-face veil while giving evidence at her trial.