Beard row halts Fort Hood army base murders trial

Help

The trial of a US army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting spree at a Texas army base in 2009 has been suspended while a court decides whether his beard should be removed.

Major Nidal Hasan's lawyers say the beard is an expression of his Muslim faith, but army regulations state that soldiers must be clean shaven.

It is also argued that the beard makes it hard for witnesses to identify him.

The BBC's Alastair Leithead has more details.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.