The use of the Islamic veil in the court rooms to be analyzed by the Constitutional Court

On October 29, 2009, a lawyer Zoubida Edidi Barik, of Moroccan origin with Spanish nationality, took a seat on the bench of the courtroom of the Court, next to defense counsel. As required, she wore the toga. But she was also carrying the Islamic headscarf (hijab), which did not hide her face. Early in the session of the trial, Javier Gomez Bermudez, President of the Court ordered Barik to leave the bar and, if she would like to follow the appointment she would have to go sit in the audience. The decision was appealed belonging now the last word to the Constitutional Court

Muslim lawyer removed from Madrid court for wearing veil

A Muslim lawyer has protested after being excluded from court for refusing to lift her veil. The General Council of the Judiciary, which supervises the Spanish court system, says it has opened a preliminary probe of the complaint from attorney Zoubida Barik Edidi. Edidi, a Spaniard of Moroccan origin, was attending a trial in the National Court in Madrid when Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez asked her to leave because she refused to raise the veil. She was there accompanying a colleague acting as defense attorney, but was not formally part of the defense team, 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.”