Muslim who objected to jury service because his ‘religion forbids it’ ordered to serve by Old Bailey judge

A devout Muslim who claimed he should be let off jury service because his religion ‘forbids’ it has been forced to serve it by a judge.

The unnamed man wrote to the Old Bailey, asking to be excused because he felt unable to ‘sit in judgement of others’.

He wrote: ‘As a Muslim I believe you shouldn’t judge anyone and can’t come to any decision regarding another person.

‘I could not take the responsibility of judging a person innocent or guilty.

‘I believe we are judged after our death and I would hate to think an innocent person would suffer because of the evidence and my decision.’