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Spain: Judges reject complaint against court ban on Islamic headdress

Human rights judges have rejected a lawyer’s complaint against Spain, over her wish to wear an Islamic headress in court.

In its decision in the case of Barik Edidi v. Spain (application no. 21780/13), the European Court of Human Rights has, by a majority, declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final.

The case concerned a lawyer (the applicant) who was asked by the president of a court to return to the area reserved for members of the public, on the ground that barristers appearing before the court could cover their heads only with the official cap (biretta).

The court held, in particular, that having lodged her alzada appeal before the Audiencia Nacional out of time, Ms Barik Edidi had herself, from the outset of the proceedings, created the situation of which she complained.

Her conduct had thus prevented the domestic courts from ruling on the merits of the case.

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