GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Swedish judge said he barred three women wearing Muslim niqabs Friday because he has a duty to see the faces of those in his courtroom.
The women were in garments that covered them from head to foot except for their eyes, TT/The Local reported. They were trying to attend a hearing for one of the men charged with conspiracy to kill artist Lars Vilks.
"I am responsible for order in this court room and I feel I can't achieve that if I am unable to see the faces of the people present," Stefan Wikmark, a district judge in Gothenburg, told TV4.
Vilks became a target after a drawing of the Prophet Mohammed was published in a Swedish newspaper. Four men were charged in September with planning to kill him at a Gothenburg art exhibit, although one was later released.
At Friday's hearing, Wikmark ordered one of the four defendants to be held without bail.