- Os acusados recusaram levantar-se à entrada da juíza; perante isto, foi-lhes autorizado que entrassem depois dela. A sua justificação para a recusa em proceder de acordo com a prática corrente nos tribunais ingleses foi de natureza religiosa.
- Aos réus foi aumentada a duração do intervalo para almoço, de modo a permitir-lhes ir à mesquita para a oração da tarde.
- Para além disso, foi-lhes facultada uma sala tranquila para poderem fazer pausas de oração durante as sessões do julgamento.
«Seven Muslim protesters accused of screaming insults at soldiers during an Iraq homecoming parade refused to stand for a judge yesterday. (...) After refusing to stand they were threatened with being found in contempt of court by a clearly angry District Judge Carolyn Mellanby. They insisted it was a 'grave and cardinal sin' to show anyone other than Allah respect by standing. Eventually, a compromise was reached where they would enter the court after her during the trial (...). The defendants were given an extra 20 minutes on top of their lunch break to go to pray at a mosque a few minutes' walk away. A separate 'quiet' room has been set aside for their regular prayer intervals for the rest of the week. The seven accused men are Munin Abdul, 28, Jalal Ahmed, 21, Jabair Ahmed, 19, Yousaf Bashir, 29, Shajjadar Choudhury, 31, Ziaur Rahman, 32, and white Muslim Ibrahim Anderson, 32, all from Luton. (...) Despite the nature of the allegations against them the seven men did not appear in the dock because they are not charged with an imprisonable offence and are not in custody. When they refused to stand, Judge Mellanby said: 'It is procedure that all people stand when I come into court. I am asking them to defer to conventional practices in respect to the court. I'm not asking them to stand for me.' Neil Mercer, defending Abdul and Rahman, said: 'In Muslim countries it is a grave and cardinal sin to show respect in this way to anyone other than God himself. Their reasons would be the same if it was the Queen, with respect.' He added: 'It is an important religious observance which, if they break, they find themselves in mortal sin. They cannot make a show of respect to a human being, whoever that human being is, whether it is the Queen or the Lord Chief Justice or an imam.'»