Refuse to remove burqa in Australia? Go to jail

Posted by David Khoirul

Australia new law send to prison if you refuse removing niqabIf you are a motorist who lives in Australia and refuses to take off your face-covering veils such as the burqa when asked to do so by police, you can be sent to jail for up to a year. This regulation was launched Friday by Australian authorities.

Police will be able to ask drivers to remove masks, helmets, the face-covering niqab veil and the all-body garment the burqa, under the changes to laws in New South Wales state.

In the most serious cases, the refusal could result in up to a year in jail and a fine of Aus$5,500, and would usually incur a fine of Aus$220 ($228).

"For as long as it takes to identify them, people“ will only be required to remove a face covering,"” said Barry O’Farrell, New South Wales state Premier.

However, you can request to go to a police station if you want to be identified privately for religious and cultural reasons.

” Introduced to the parliament next week, the changes will also give officials the power to request the removal of face coverings in courts while visitors to prison could also be asked to remove any coverings that obscure their identity. A fine of up to $550 will be given for those who refuse.

O’Farrell said in a statement, "I“ have every respect for different religions and beliefs but when it comes to enforcing the law, the police should be given adequate powers to make a clear identification."

This law follows the recent case of a Muslim woman who, because of a burqa, was acquitted when a magistrate ruled she could not be positively identified.

For falsely accusing a police officer of forcibly trying to remove her burqa, Sydney woman Carnita Matthews was sentenced to six months in jail, in the high-profile case, in November 2010.

However after a magistrate said he could not be 100 percent sure it was Matthews who later walked into a police station to make the complaint, her sentence was later quashed because officers were not able to see her face.

During the investigation of serious offences, police already have the power to ask women to remove face veils, but not on more routine matters.

In parts of Europe, where France has banned them in public, the wearing of full-face niqab veils by some Muslim women has become a contentious issue.

After the New South Wales state ombudsman have been in place for a year, they will review the new laws.

via AFP


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