Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hopes Dashed of First Prosecution

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hopes Dashed of First Prosecution

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Byline: Martin Bentham

A LONDON man arrested after allegedly threatening to have his daughter circumcised is to escape charges in a new blow to hopes of a landmark first prosecution for genital mutilation.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the man was accused of telling his daughter during a family argument he wanted to have her circumcised. However, as mutilation had not been performed and no preparatory steps had been taken, there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction.

"A threat alone cannot amount to an offence of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring FGM," said the CPS.

The decision follows the announcement in July that charges would not be brought in another case involving a girl who alleged that her mother arranged for her to be mutilated in Kenya. It means no offender has been prosecuted in Britain for carrying out or arranging female genital mutilation, despite the practice being illegal here since 1985. …

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