Thursday, 20 December 2012

Veiling Truth ... It's the Law

Canada's top court ruled Thursday that under certain circumstances a Muslim woman can wear a veil during court testimony.
In a 4-2-1 split decision, the Supreme Court built on an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that offered a compromise and laid out a legal test that would help decide whether a veiled woman could testify.
The highest court said, among other factors, the strength of a person's religious belief, the nature of the evidence, and the importance of the credibility of the witness all must be weighed.
But "if the liberty of the accused is at stake, the witness's evidence is central to the case and her credibility vital, the possibility of a wrongful conviction must weigh heavily in the balance, favouring the removal of the niqab," wrote Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

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