"Almost impossible to have proper trial if one person is in kind of bag"

Nov 03, 2013, 01:30 PM

Should a woman accused of a crime be required to remove her full face veil (or niqab) in court?

A judge recently ruled that she should, although only whilst she herself gives evidence.

A survey by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, suggests more than half would want a ban to go further, requiring a defendant to remove the veil for the entire proceedings.

The former justice secretary Kenneth Clarke has told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend that a clear rule is needed on the niqab as "it's almost impossible to have a proper trial if one of the persons is in a kind of bag".