Sentenza 20 dicembre 2012, n.33989
Canada: possibilità di testimoniare in un procedimento penale indossando il niqab
Data: 20 dicembre 2012
There can be no doubt that the assessment of a witness demeanour is easier if it is based on being able to scrutinize the whole demeanour package — face, body language, voice, etc. Wearing a niqab presents only a partial obstacle to the assessment of demeanour. However a witness wearing a niqab may still express herself through her eyes, body language, and gestures. Moreover, the niqab has no effect on the witness’verbal testimony, including the tone and inflection of her voice, the cadence of her speech, or, most significantly, the substance of the answers she gives.