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Court hears arguments again for 'obligatory' face veil at sex assault trial
A Muslim woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by two men returned to the witness stand Monday and told a judge how she'll feel if she's forced to remove her niqab while testifying in court.
"I don't even know where to start with that . . . (An) overwhelming influx of negative emotions guaranteed," said N.S., who testified wearing a black niqab, which covered her entire face except her eyes.
It's been six years since N.S. — known in court by her initials — first appeared in front of the same judge, Ontario Court Justice Norris Weisman, who ruled she should be required to testify with her face bare after finding her "religious belief is not that strong."
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