Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Perth, Australia, Woman asks to wear burqa in witness box

1 post in this topic

Recommended Posts

A PERTH judge is set to decide this week whether a Muslim woman can wear a full burqa while giving evidence before a jury in a fraud case.

WA District Court Judge Shauna Deane is due to hear submissions on Thursday from lawyers for the prosecution and defence regarding the witness who wishes to wear the burqa, also called a niqab.

The woman is a strict Muslim who does not want to show her face to men.

Defence lawyers have raised concerns about how the jury is expected to read the woman's facial expressions if they cannot see her face.

Today, the jury in the case was discharged after the estimated time for the fraud trial of a Muslim college director blew out from 10 days to five weeks, causing attendance problems for five jurors.

A new jury will be empanelled when a retrial is approved.

After the jury was discharged, defence lawyer Mark Trowell told reporters a jury would not be able to "make a proper assessment" of the witness if they could not see her face.

He said it was believed to be the first time in Australia that a witness had wanted to wear a full burqa.

Anwar Sayed has been charged with fraudulently obtaining $1.125 million from the state and federal governments by falsifying the number of students at the Muslim Ladies College of Australia in Kenwick in Perth's south.

Sayed from Canning Vale, is the director of Muslim Link Australia, which runs the school.

He has surrendered his passport and will be restricted from travelling internationally and domestically between now and when his trial is rescheduled.

The case will go to a trial listing hearing on Friday in front of the chief judge.


Edited by spookyturtle

R.I.P Spooky 2004-2015

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -

Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
  • Create New...