Six years demanded for circumcising daughter

4th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The father of Moroccan descent was arrested October 2008 after his daughter told her foster mother he had cut her.

Haarlem – The prosecutor in the Netherlands' first genital cutting trial has demanded a 30-year old man accused of mutilating his daughter, be sentenced to an unconditional six years in prison if convicted, several media agencies reported Friday.

The maximum jail sentence in the Netherlands for genital mutilation is 12 years, according to De Pers.

Mustapha El M. of Moroccan descent was arrested October 2008 after his daughter told her foster mother that he had cut her. A medical examination showed her clitoris and labia minora are partly missing.

Public prosecutor M. Lengers said the accused has scarred the victim for life.

El M. has denied the allegations and accused the public ministry (OM) of tunnel vision because the investigation has focused on him instead of other possible suspects, reports nu.nl. The accused referred to what happened to his daughter as a “sadistic, sickening act” and doesn't want the one who did this to get away with it.

The lawyer of El M. said the foster parents who have cared for his daughter since 2008 may be responsible for influencing her testimony.

His lawyer added that police did not investigate the possibilities of potential suspects, and has asked for an acquittal for the man. The lawyer also questioned why the mother has not been prosecuted since the daughter said she was present when her father mutilated her.

According to the public prosecutor, El M. is the only likely suspect.

Jennifer Evans / Expatica

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