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CPS Statement: Female Genital Mutilation Trial

04/02/2015

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "It was right that we put this case before the court and on three separate occasions, once before trial and twice during the trial, the judge dismissed applications by the defence to stop the case, thereby agreeing that the evidence should be considered by a jury.

"The CPS does not choose which cases it is asked to consider for prosecution and we must apply the same test to every case. We do not shy away from difficult cases, and where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest we will prosecute. The evidence in this case meant a prosecution should be brought so that a jury could be allowed to consider the facts. We respect the decision of the jury.

"This will, of course, not affect our resolve to bring those who do commit FGM to justice where we have the evidence to do so. Female Genital Mutilation is an invidious crime, and one which we remain determined to prosecute. Today’s verdict will not stop the important work that we and the police are doing in encouraging victims to come forward and looking at new ways to help bring cases to court."

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