More than five years and many court battles later, a sexual assault preliminary inquiry is poised to resume with the complainant complying with a court order to remove her niqab while testifying.

The landmark case pitting religious rights against fair-trial rights went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada which ruled the matter can only be decided on a case-by-case basis.

With the decision back in his hands, Ontario Court Justice Norris Weisman, the original presiding judge, followed the test laid out by the top court and ruled that the complainant must remove the veil, which covers all of her face but her eyes, to testify.

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