Federal Indictment Issued in Genital Mutilation Case
DETROIT (AP) — A grand jury has indicted two doctors and a third person in an alleged scheme to perform genital mutilation on two girls from Minnesota at a Detroit-area clinic.
The indictment filed Wednesday replaces criminal complaints that led to the arrest of the three in recent weeks.
Doctors Jumana Nagarwala and Fakhruddin Attar, and Attar's wife, Farida, are charged with female genital mutilation and conspiracy. The doctors are also charged with making false statements to investigators and trying to obstruct the investigation.
Their lawyers were in court and not immediately available for comment.
Nagarwala is accused of performing genital mutilation on a pair of 7-year-old Minnesota girls at a clinic owned by Dr. Attar. Nagarwala's attorney denied the charge last week and said she was performing a religious custom.