New York - Following a 2015 federal lawsuit, the first trial of an American man accused of forcibly stripping a Muslim woman of her hijab began last Friday.
New York – Following a 2015 federal lawsuit, the first trial of an American man accused of forcibly stripping a Muslim woman of her hijab began last Friday.
The incident took place last year aboard a plane between Chicago and Albuquerque when Gill Parker Payne got in the way of the Muslim lady and asked her to remove her headscarf. After her tenacious refusal, the man held the veil from the back and violently dragged it off the woman’s head.
The accused admitted during last Friday’s session that he prevented the woman from exercising her religious beliefs, according to the New York Daily News
“I admit that I have removed Mrs. K.A.’s hijab violently, and I acknowledge that the US authorities can prove beyond any doubt that I have deliberately disrupted her freedom to exercise her religious beliefs.”
The man faces up to one year in prison in addition to a $100,000 fine.
The case “sends a clear message to anyone who contemplates the use of threats or intimidation to interfere with the right of individuals, including members of our Muslim community, to express their faith without fear,” U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, said according to the same source.