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Swedish court bans niqab-wearing women
Three women wearing head scarves completely shielding their faces were denied entry to a Gothenburg courtroom on Friday during the remand hearing of one of the suspects in the Röda Sten murder plot case.
"I am responsible for order in this court room and I feel I can't achieve that if I am unable to see the faces of the people present," said district court judge Stefan Wikmark to Swedish TV4.
The three women were stopped as they were trying to enter the courtroom for the remand hearing 26-year-old Abdi Aziz Mahamud who is under suspicion for plotting the murder of Swedish artist Lars Vilks at an art exhibition in Gothenburg in September.
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