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A U.S. Army appeals court is set on Thursday to hear appeals filed by Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood massacre suspect, over his refusal to appear clean shaven at court martial.

The Army Court of Criminal Appeals will hear oral arguments at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on Hasan’s motions. He is accused of shooting to death 13 people at the Texas base in November 2009.

A U.S. military judge ordered Hasan last month to shave off his beard or be forcibly shaved, ruling that it was not covered by laws protecting religious freedom. He said Army grooming regulations, which prohibit beards, overrode his religious exercise.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is appealing that ruling. He has said he grew the beard in line with the beliefs of his Islamic faith.

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