Of course she could have taken it off, and should have, but this is all about politics, projecting Islam’s political might in the middle of a secular, non-Islamic society. She has her marching orders.
said it was ‘desirable’ that her face was ‘exposed’ during the trial and asked her to remove the veil.
When she refused she was told to stand down and a white male member of the jury pool was sworn in in her place.
In the presence of the rest of the jury, Judge Marron said: ‘I wonder whether I can address the lady who is veiled.
‘Would you prefer not to remove your veil in this particular case?’
The woman, who was wearing western clothing including a fitted grey jacket, replied: ‘Yes.’
Judge Marron added: ‘I entirely understand that, but in this particular case it is desirable that your face is exposed, so I’m going to invite you to stand down. I hope you understand.’