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Queensland woman denies taking daughters to Somalia to undergo genital mutilation


Monday February 11, 2019
BY STEFAN ARMBRUSTER


Generic picture of a statue of Themis, the Greek God of Justice, outside the Supreme Court in Brisbane. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) Source: AAP

A woman accused of sending her daughters to Somalia to undergo genital mutilation has pleaded not guilty in a Queensland court.

The defendant faces two charges of removing a child for genital mutilation- in the first prosecution of its type in Queensland.

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The woman allegedly took the two girls, aged nine and 12, to Somalia in April 2015.

The defendant and the daughters cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Evidence will be heard from 10 witnesses for the jury trial in the District Court, which is expected to finish by the end of the week, and her Brisbane District Court trial is set to begin on Monday.



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