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First female genital mutilation trial set for UK

FORCED CUT: An instrument used to conduct female genital mutilation

BRITAIN’S FIRST court trial for female genital mutilation is expected to take place within weeks, following an intensive campaign to bring the practice to an end.

A case of an unidentified adult woman who was mutilated twice will be the first female genital mutilation trial to be heard in a UK court, despite the procedure being criminalised 28 years ago.

News of the case coming to court comes as the Crown Prosecution Service revealed it is investigating further 10 cases in London alone after establishing a network of specialist prosecutors in each region of the country.

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