Two arrested in London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit FGM

A 72-year-old man and 40-year-old woman are currently in police custody after being arrested on Friday

Two people have been arrested for conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation (FGM), according to reports.

A 72-year-old man was stopped by police while going through customs at Heathrow after he arrived in Britain accompanied by an 11-year-old girl from Uganda’s capital Kampala early on Friday morning.

A 40-year-old woman was arrested in Hackney under Section 2 of the FGM Act 2003.

Police told the press that the two arrests were connected.

In a statement they said: “Officers acted upon information given and a 40-year-old woman was arrested in Hackney under Section 2 of the FGM Act 2003, namely aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a girl to carry out FGM on herself.”

Both suspects have been taken to east London police stations, where they remain in custody.

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FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985, and since 2003 those found guilty of taking a female child out of the country to be circumcised can face anywhere up to 14 years in prison.

No one has been convicted of FGM; however, in March the Crown Prosecution Service launched its first effort to get convictions for FGM, when a doctor and person thought to be encouraging the practice were arrested in November 2013.

They are due to stand trial in January 2015.

 

 

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