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Egyptian Court Acquits Doctor In FGM Trial

News outlets report on an Egyptian court’s acquittal of a doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation on a young girl that led to her death.

Associated Press: Egypt acquits doctor in female genital mutilation
“An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl’s death in a Nile Delta village, the country’s first trial on charges of breaking the ban on the practice…” (Michael, 11/20).

The Guardian: Egypt’s first female genital mutilation trial ends in not guilty verdict
“…Raslan Fadl, a doctor and Islamic preacher in the village of Agga, northern Egypt, was acquitted of mutilating Sohair al-Bata’a in June 2013. The 12-year-old died during the alleged procedure, but Fadl was also acquitted of her manslaughter. No reason was given by the judge, with the verdict being simply scrawled in a court ledger, rather than being announced in the Agga courtroom. Sohair’s father, Mohamed al-Bata’a, was also acquitted of responsibility…” (Kingsley, 11/20).

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