Accused must remove veil

A Muslim woman will be allowed to stand trial wearing a full-face veil but must remove it while giving evidence, Judge Peter Murphy has ruled at Blackfriars Crown Court in London.

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Judge to decide whether woman can stand wearing veil

A judge will decide today whether a Muslim woman should be allowed to stand trial while wearing a full-face veil.

Judge Peter Murphy is due to hand down written directions about whether the defendant, who says it is against her religious beliefs to show her face in public, will have to allow the jury and other people in court see her

The 22-year-old from London, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of intimidation last week while wearing a niqab after the judge backed down from a previous decision that she would have to show her face to be properly identified.

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