Doctor and father acquitted in Egypt's first FGM trial

An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a father and a doctor over performing a female circumcision operation that killed a teenage girl in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura last year.

This was the first time Egyptian courts have looked into an FGM case, a practice that was officially banned in 2008.

Reda El-Danbouki, a rights lawyer in Mansoura, told Ahram Online that the defence team will appeal the ruling.

Aga misdemeanour court said the criminal case had "expired" after "reconciliation," and ruled that the doctor must pay LE5,000 as compensation to the mother, who is the plaintiff.

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