Protesters charged for anti-army display refuse to stand for judge

Seven Muslim protesters accused of screaming insults at soldiers during an Iraq homecoming parade refused to stand for a judge on Monday: They insisted it was a “grave and cardinal sin” to show anyone other than Allah respect by standing. 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.