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
Fatima Hssini, who was expelled from a Spanish courtroom last month when she refused to lift her burka, has testified with her veil raised and her back to the public audience. Speaking to journalists as she arrived to give her testimony Monday morning, Hssini said the controversy which arose after the interview last week was due to ignorance. Wearing the burka is seen as much more normal, she said, in other European countries than it is in Spain.
Hssini testified as a witness at the trial in the National Court for nine people charged with recruiting and sending Mujahedeen to carry out suicide attacks in Iraq. Hssini, the sister of one of those who died, was originally in court last Wednesday but was expelled by Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez after refusing to lift her burka.