Spanish Muslim lawyer to leave courtroom over veil
A Muslim lawyer, who has already participated in about 10 trials in the country since February, was told to leave the courtroom because she refused to raise the veil.Madrid – A Muslim lawyer has protested to judicial authorities in Spain after being excluded from court for refusing to lift her veil, a Spanish newspaper reported Wednesday.
Zoubida Barik Edidi, a Spaniard of Moroccan origin, was attending a trial in the National Court in Madrid on 29 October when Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez asked her to leave because she refused to raise the veil, the daily El Pais said.
It said she was not there to defend a client, but was wearing her lawyer's robes and a veil.
She left the courtroom, but then filed a complaint with the body that oversees the judiciary in Spain, citing "discrimination" and "abuse of power".
She said the regulations covering lawyers' attire in court specify only that they wear their "robes" and that "their clothes are suited to the dignity and the prestige of the robes that they are wearing and to the respect for justice."
El Pais said that Zoubida Barik Edidi, who has been a practicing lawyer since last February, has already participated in about 10 trials in Spain without having to lift her veil.
In September, Judge Bermudez expelled a Muslim woman from his court when she refused to raise her veil while testifying in the trial of a group of Islamic extremists.
He later reached an agreement with her in which she testified with her veil raised and her head turned away from the public.
AFP / Expatica