He said: “I hope that her family will let her live her life in peace and stop harassing and pressuring her.My client is only 22 and has been forced to live a semi-clandestine life.
Under Islamic law, if a non-Muslim woman is married to a non-Muslim, and she converts to Islam, the marriage is suspended until her husband converts to Islam.
Christian pastors and Muslim imams have come together to draw up guidelines detailing advice on how to deal with inter-faith marriages.
Although marrying between faiths is entirely legal in Britain, couples often face resistance and hostility, both from family members and religious leaders.
The female attackers said they had tried to “talk some sense” into their cousin – who cut off all ties with her family when she went to live with her non-Muslim boyfriend.
The victim, a 22-year-old nurse whose identity has been kept secret to protect her, told the court the “violent” attack – which took place in January – left her with deep wounds to her face and had forced her to flee her home town of Reims, France, with her so-called ‘infidel’ boyfriend.