The sexual-assault case that sparked a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision after the alleged victim sought to wear a niqab while testifying has come to an end, after seven years.

The Crown withdrew sexual assault charges against two men on Thursday in a downtown courtroom, stating that "there is no reasonable prospect of conviction."

The woman's battle to testify at a preliminary hearing while wearing a veil covering her entire face except for her eyes pitted the right of religious freedom against the accused's right to a fair trial.

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