Updated August 19, 2011 10:27:30
[New laws allowing New South Wales police to demand the removal of face coverings for identification will be extended to prison and court officials.
The State Government has confirmed details of its changes to the Law Enforcement Act, to allow officials to demand the removal of any face covering, including helmets, masks and religious veils, for the purpose of making a clear identification.
Those who refuse will face penalties ranging from a $220 fine to 12 months in jail.
The change was prompted by the case of Carnita Matthews, a Sydney woman who won her appeal against a jail sentence for falsely accusing a policeman of trying to forcibly remove her burka.]
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