Judge Sentences Prosecutors, Dismisses Genital Mutations Charges | national

DETROIT (AP) – A judge on Tuesday dismissed a new set of charges in the government’s genital mutilation investigation against Muslim sect girls, saying Detroit prosecutors were vindictive after major casualties in courtrooms.

This is yet another blow to the government, which broke new ground in 2017 when it accused a Detroit-area doctor of performing genital mutilation in a suburban clinic. This decision was recognized as the first significant use of a federal law banning the practice.

Friedman’s latest move came months after prosecutors filed a new indictment, this time accusing four people, including two doctors, of conspiracy, false statements and tampering with witnesses during the investigation.

A fifth indictment was “in retaliation for the defendants’ past success in having other charges dismissed,” Friedman said.

The US attorney’s office said it was reviewing Friedman’s decision.

Female genital mutilation, also known as cutting or cutting, has been condemned by the United Nations. This practice is common among girls in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Nagarwala and others have denied that any crime has been committed. She said she applied a religious custom to the girls of her Muslim sect, Dawoodi Bohra, based in India.

In a May court filing demanding the final dismissal, defense lawyers said the government had “manipulated the charges” in an attempt to “win this case at all costs.”

“The government hasn’t just come back for a second bite of an apple – it’s making its way all over the orchard,” the lawyers said.

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