The attorney who outraged the Guantanamo Bay military court hearing by insisting that all women there should cover their bodies has defended her demand, saying the al-Qaida members on trial had to “focus” on their case.

Cheryl Bormann turned up to Saturday’s hearing wearing a full-length hijab, even though she is not a Muslim, and called for other females in the courtroom to dress more “appropriately.”

After the hearing, Bormann insisted she had done nothing wrong by asking the court to order women to dress modestly at future hearings. “When you’re on trial for your life, you need to be focused,” the Chicago attorney said.

She claimed that at one hearing, a paralegal had worn “very short skirts,” which offended the Muslim defendants as they had to avert their eyes “for fear of committing a sin under their faith.”