Pensioner arrested in Newham over planned female genital mutilation of 11-year-old
11:52 28 July 2014
A pensioner has been arrested in Newham over conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation.
The 72-year-old Ugandan man was stopped by police at Heathrow Airport on Friday morning after arriving with an 11-year-old girl on a flight from Kampala, Uganda.
Specialist officers took the girl - a UK national - into the care of social services.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers acted upon information given and a 40-year-old woman was arrested in Hackney under Section 2 of the FGM Act 2003, namely aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a girl to carry out FGM on herself.”
The man was arrested on suspicion of the same offence in Newham on Saturday.
Both suspects have been bailed pending further investigation.
The police spokesman added: “The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 makes it illegal to participate in any sort of arrangement for FGM to be performed on another, either inside or outside the UK.”