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Judge compromises over niqab for Muslim woman in dock
A Muslim woman must remove her full-face veil when she gives evidence but may wear it at other times during her trial, a judge has ruled.
Judge Peter Murphy's compromise ruling, which involves screening her from public view in the court when she is not veiled, will set a precedent for how criminal courts deal with defendants who wear a traditional niqab.
The 22-year-old woman from London, referred to in the judgment only as D, says it is against her religious beliefs to show her face in public. She pleaded not guilty to a charge of witness intimidation last week while wearing a veil.
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