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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: Use of screens or live link possible for accused

In general, the defendant is free to wear the niqab during trial.

If the defendant gives evidence she must remove the niqab throughout her evidence.

The court may use its inherent powers to do what it can to alleviate any discomfort, for example by allowing the use of screens or allowing her to give evidence by live link.

– Judge Peter Murphy, sitting at London's Blackfriars Crown Court

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