Muslim leaders declare there is nothing in Islamic law that allows women to wear burkas in court or for followers to refuse to stand for judges

Australian Muslims should not refuse to stand in court and should take off burkas to give evidence, Islamic leaders say.

Senior Muslims said there was no legal reason followers should not respect judges and show their faces, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Australian National Imams Council suggested there was no religious reason why Muslim women should not cover uncover their faces in Australian courts – and that doing so would not breach Sharia law.