Religious veil case to be heard in two weeks
TORONTO - A motion put forward by a woman fighting a court order requiring her to testify without the religious veil that covers her face will be heard in a few weeks.
Arguments were to be heard in a Toronto court on Friday, but the case was put over to March 25 and 27.
The case is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada.
The woman, an alleged sexual assault victim, wanted to wear her niqab during the suspect's trial last fall.
The veil, worn by Muslim women, covers the entire face except the eyes.
Observers call it a case that pits religious beliefs against the right of a defendant to face their accuser.
Unlike the United States, the Constitution does not guarantee the right of an accused person to face their accuser in court, but it's been a practice in Canadian common law.