The shame today, is that the obvious is news.
It’s crucial for a jury to see a person’s face giving testimony during a trial, how else can one draw a conclusion as to the veracity of the statement without first seeing how the person is delivering it. Otherwise, it’s like an email exchange.
You must take off your veil: Judge rules that Muslim defendant can wear niqab during trial but NOT when giving evidence
- 22-year-old, from East London, denies charge of witness intimidation
- Judge Peter Murphy ruled Muslim woman will be allowed to stand trial wearing a full-face veil but must remove it while giving evidence
- He said the judge should recognise ‘freedom of religious expression’
- But he said it was crucial for the jury to see the woman’s face
PUBLISHED: 12:01 GMT, 16 September 2013 | UPDATED: 01:11 GMT, 17 September 2013