As reported last night in the news feed, an Australian woman who was wearing a burka when she committed the offense she was charged with — bringing a false charge against a police officer — used the burka as her defense: how could the prosecution prove that she was in fact the same burka-clad woman who committed the crime?
As it turned out, the magistrate who heard her case was a sensible man. The signature on her affidavit matched the signature of the woman whose driver’s license was presented at the time of the traffic stop. He found her guilty and has sentenced her to six months in jail.
The woman is appealing — although not in the eyes of most Australians, obviously.
In other news, China is experiencing its worst inflation in a number of years, with the price of food and fuel increasing at an annual rate of 10%. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has announced that the government will take measures to contain inflation, and his words sent Asian stock markets tumbling.
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