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Law school graduates Amasa Firdaus after hijab controversy

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Amasa Firdaus, the law school graduate who was denied her call to bar last year, was finally allowed to partake in the ceremony today.

Amasa had courted controversy last December, when she refused to remove her hijab for the call to bar ceremony.

She was only allowed to use a small covering over her hair during today’s ceremony, in a style similar to Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

The Body of Benchers, however, said it was yet to formally decide on any change to the mode of dress code for Call to Bar ceremony in the future.

“The Body of Benchers is yet to consider the report of the committee chaired by Belgore JSC as the said report is not yet ready or ripe for consideration,” the body said in a statement on Tuesday.

Firdaus during the ceremony on Tuesday.

“However in view of the imminent Call to Bar ceremonies in July 2018 and Miss Fidaus Amasa’s petition, a position was taken on the applicant’s current petition on the subject.

“It was decided that the applicant was indeed rude and impolite to a former CJN Belgore JSC who had intervened at the Call ceremonies but rebuffed by the applicant, and therefore must tender a written apology.

“It was recognized that moslem Judges while sitting wear only head scarf to cover their hair and not partial face covering of any sort, as exhibited by the applicant’s attire.

“If she will be called therefore, she cannot use more than the hair covering scarf, similar to what female Judges from lower courts to Supreme Court use.

“So the reprieve is conditional on the above limitations, not a blanket approval as falsely being circulated,” the body added.



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