Birmingham doctor's female mutilation hearing opens
A hearing has opened in the case of a doctor who allegedly offered to arrange female genital mutilation (FGM).
Female genital mutilation
- FGM includes procedures that alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons
- About 140 million girls and women worldwide are living with the consequences of FGM
- Dangers include severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility, complications in childbirth and increased risk of death for newborns
Source: World Health Organisation
Birmingham doctor Ali Mao-Aweys is in front of a Medical Practitioners Tribunal panel, accused of facilitating FGM both in the UK and abroad.
The charges relate to a telephone call and meetings in April 2012, in which he was said to offer to aid the practice.
Dr Mao-Aweys was arrested in May 2012 on suspicion of arranging an operation, but was not prosecuted.
If the panel finds him guilty of the charges, he faces being struck off the medical register.
The hearing is due to last two-and-a-half weeks.