Egyptian doctor convicted for female genital mutilation

2015-01-26 16:31


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Cairo - An Egyptian lawyer says an appeals court has convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing a female genital mutilation that killed a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison.

Lawyer Reda al-Danbouki said the verdict on Monday was "a triumph for women" and for Sohair el-Batea, who died in 2013. An earlier court had initially acquitted the doctor in a landmark trial.

Rights advocates said the court's decision could serve as a deterrent for doctors and families. Female genital mutilation was criminalised in 2008, but remains widespread in Egypt, where more than 90% of women are estimated to have undergone it.

Al-Danbouki said the doctor's clinic was ordered closed for a year, and that el-Batea's father received a three-month suspended sentence.

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