‘Get up. This is not a court of religion’: Judge blasts Muslim convert who refuses to stand as he faces charges of promoting sharia law in Oxford Street
- Ricardo McFarlane allegedly set up a stall promoting Sharia law in Oxford Street
- He denies one count of breach of an ASBO and was due to stand trial at court
- But the 30-year-old refused to stand for the judge at Southwark Crown Court
A Muslim convert accused of preaching sharia law in central London was ordered to stand up for a judge who told him: ‘This is not a court of religion.’
Ricardo McFarlane, 30, allegedly breached an ASBO made in February 2014, which barred him from approaching members of the public ‘in order to promote sharia law’.
McFarlane and a group of up to 20 other men are said to have set up a stall outside Topshop in Oxford Street on March 25 last year and called for strict Islamic laws to be imposed across the UK.
He is also said to have gone to Tooting Broadway Station on April 4 and Kingsland Road in Dalston on April 16, 2016, to set up similar stalls.
He denies one count of breach of an ASBO and was due to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court today.
The bearded defendant, wearing a green and gold robe, told the court usher he would not stand for ‘any man’ before the hearing began.