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You stand up in my court, judge tells sharia convert

In the dock: Ricardo McFarlane PICTURE: CENTRAL NEWS

A MUSLIM convert was rebuked for not standing up by a judge who assured him: ‘This is not a court of religion.’

Ricardo McFarlane was in court to deny breaching an Asbo by promoting sharia law.

His lawyer said: ‘Because of his religious belief he believes there is only one person who he should bow to.’

But Judge Martin Beddoe replied: ‘That is as may be but this isn’t a court of religion, this is a secular court and it expects to be treated with respect.’

McFarlane, 30, stood up in the dock during the rest of the hearing at Southwark crown court.

He denies breaching the Asbo by setting up a stall in London’s Oxford Street calling for sharia law to be imposed across the UK.

His trial was adjourned until September 11 and McFarlane, of Walthamstow, east London, was released on bail.