9/11 defense attorney wears hijab in court hearing

9/11 defense attorney wears hijab in court hearing

Los Angeles : CA : USA | May 07, 2012 at 11:04 AM PDT
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An American defense attorney at the 9/11 hearing wore a hijab in the court hearing to respect her client's religious beliefs and wanted other women to do the same.

The first hearing of the 9/11 case involving five Yemeni terror suspects took place on Saturday and the civilian defense attorney of one of those suspects wore a hijab at the hearing. The defense attorney not only wore a hijab, she also wore a long black robe and even insisted that the rest of the women at the hearing do the same. The name of the defense attorney is Cheryl Bormann, 52. She even asked the court to order the other women present at the hearing to dress more modestly to respect her client. She said that according to her client's religious beliefs, it is a sin under their faith to look at unveiled women and since he has been brought to such a situation, his sensitivities should be kept in mind. The judge on the case is chief military prosecutor Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, who deemed the request not worthy of a response.

Cheryl Bormann herself was only showing her face and had the rest of her body covered. It is expected that she will be doing the same in the proceeding hearings.

Bormann's client is a Yemeni suspect by the name of Walid bin Attash.

The other defendants in the case are Khalid Sheikh and five other defendants who face 2,976 counts of murder and terrorism in the 9/11 attacks which changed the world's political landscape forever.

According to details, the defendants have not cooperated in the hearings so far. A judge grew frustrated with Khalid Sheikh and the other defendants when they refused to answer the questions asked by him. One of the defendants even got up and started praying during the trial.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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