Charges tossed in case that brought niqab fight to Supreme Court

An example of a woman wearing a niqab. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

An example of a woman wearing a niqab. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:01 PM ET

A marathon case where a Muslim sexual complainant known as N.S. brought the issue of wearing a niqab while testifying to the Supreme Court of Canada ended abruptly Thursday when the Crown withdrew the charges.

The 38-year-old Toronto woman wasn’t in Superior Court when Etobicoke Crown attorney Michael Cantlon said that the prosecution dropped the case, saying “there was no reasonable prospect of conviction” after reviewing the evidence at the preliminary hearing.

Testifying without a veil as the judge ordered in the first case since the Supreme Court established criteria for judges to decide on a case-by-base basis, N.S. alleged last year that two relatives — none of whom can be identified due to a publication ban on her identity — sexually abused her as a child.


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