Australia’s New South Wales police get new burka powers

July 5, 2011 04:56

Police in Australia’s New South Wales state have been given more powers to remove burkas and other face coverings to identify crime suspects.

BBC News


Anyone who refuses to show their face could now be jailed for up to a year or face a heavy fine.

The move follows the recent case of a Muslim woman who was acquitted after a judge ruled her Islamic veil made a positive identification impossible.

Islamic leaders in the state said they were comfortable with the new measure.

However, civil liberty groups expressed concern that the police were being given powers they did not need.


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