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Birmingham doctor's female mutilation hearing opens

2014-05-12 21:24:00

A hearing has opened in the case of a doctor who allegedly offered to arrange female genital mutilation (FGM).

Birmingham doctor Ali Mao-Aweys is in front of a Medical Practitioners Tribunal panel, accused of facilitating FGM both in the UK and abroad.

    • FGM includes procedures that alter or injure female
      genital organs for non-medical reasons


    • About 140 million girls and women worldwide are
      living with the consequences of FGM


  • Dangers include severe bleeding, problems urinating,
    infections, infertility, complications in childbirth and
    increased risk of death for newborns


Source: World Health Organisation

The charges relate to a telephone call and meetings in April 2012, in which he was said to offer to aid the practice.

Dr Mao-Aweys was arrested in May 2012 on suspicion of arranging an operation, but was not prosecuted.

If the panel finds him guilty of the charges, he faces being struck off the medical register.

The hearing is due to last two-and-a-half weeks.


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