Egypt: father and doctor in FGM case found 'not guilty'

Country 'failing to apply ban', former Italian FM Bonino says

20 November, 20:27

    Emma Bonino (centre)  in a meeting against FGM in Cairo (archive) Emma Bonino (centre) in a meeting against FGM in Cairo (archive)

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - The doctor and father of a 13-year-old girl who died in June 2013 after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) have been acquitted in a landmark trial in Egypt on Thursday, report sources within the judiciary. The trial was the first since FGM was banned in Egypt in 2008. The practice continues to be widespread. United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) data say that 91% of married Egyptian women between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone FGM

    Sohair Al-Bata'a died in June 2013 after the doctor who performed the surgery on her gave her penicillin, which she was allergic to, without conducting the required tests in a private medical center in Agaa, in the Nile Delta governorate Dakahleya. Her father and the doctor were accused of killing the girl. The doctor was also charged with having made a technical error and with running an unauthorized center for FGM, which is illegal.

    Italy's former foreign minister and longstanding human rights activist Emma Bonino said Thursday that Egypt's acquittal of the father and doctor of a 13-year-old who died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) was a setback to the struggle against the widespread practice. ''While awaiting to hear the motivations for the ruling, one can only note that Egypt's 2008 law is not applied and that this certainly does not help eradicate the practice of FGM,'' Bonino told ANSA via telephone from Paris.

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