Muslim woman ordered to remove niqab

Muslim woman ordered to remove niqab
District Judge Peter Murphy has ordered a Muslim woman who insisted on wearing a face veil in court to remove it while giving evidence. Rebekah Dawson, who is facing trial for allegedly intimidating a witness, claimed her religion prevented her from removing the veil in the presence of men. However, the judge ruled that it was of “cardinal importance” to the adversarial system that a jury could see a defendant’s face while giving evidence. Describing the issue as an “elephant in the court room”, the judge urged Parliament and senior judges to produce national guidance on the issue. Jack Straw applauds the decision in the Mail, although he adds that veils should be banned throughout a court case and not just when the defendant is giving evidence. He writes that it is important that the facial reaction of a defendant is seen at all times. Meanwhile, Downing Street has said that bosses could be allowed to ban staff from wearing veils in councils, hospitals and schools. A spokesman for the PM said he would support local authorities, NHS trusts and branches of the civil service which want to prevent employees from covering their faces. Kira Cochrane in the Guardian asks whether the veil has become the biggest issue that society faces in the UK. While the Muslim Council of Britain has warned that Judge Murphy’s ruling threatens to undermine the UK’s long-standing tradition of religious tolerance.
Financial Times, Page: 4    The Times, Page: 6, 29   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 1, 10, 21-22    The Independent, Page: 1, 4   The Guardian, Page: 4, 30   The Guardian, G2, Page: 6-8   Daily Mail, Page: 1, 4-5   Daily Express, Page: 5, 12    Daily Mirror, Page: 2    The Sun, Page: 1, 4-5   Daily Star, Page: 2    Evening Standard, Page: 5   The Herald, Page: 3    The Scotsman, Page: 12   Yorkshire Post, Page: 4


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Investigative Journalist/Researcher for major media. Exposing the truth and police corruption with in UK police service.Certain forces say their motto is Honesty & Integrity One must ask is it lip service or genuinely meant. CO-OP Labour Party member questioning is the party standing for working class of Britain. Trade Union Activist & promoting diversity,community cohesion within multicultural Britain. Anti fascist speaks out against all foams of discrimination.
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