Woman, 39, accused of complicity in female genital mutilation of young girl in Kenya pleads not guilty
- Amina Noor, from Edgware, North West London, appeared at the Old Bailey today
- She is accused of bringing a young girl to Kenya in 2006 for female genital mutilation
- The victim, now 20, was between three and four when the procedure took place
- Noor pleaded not guilty to the charge and faces a two-week trial in October
A woman accused of complicity in the genital mutilation of a young girl in Kenya has pleaded not guilty at a hearing at the Old Bailey.
Amina Noor, 39, is said to have taken the child, aged between three and four, to Kenya between January 13, 2006 and April 2, 2007, where the procedure was performed.
Noor is accused of assisting, urging, advising or persuading a non-British citizen to mutilate the genitals of a British female citizen.
The procedure was a “type 1 female genital mutilation in which the clitoris was completely removed,” the court said.
Amina Noor, 39, allegedly brought the child to her former home country of Kenya to undergo the procedure between January 2006 and April 2007 – she denies the allegation
Noor appeared at the Old Bailey (pictured) on Thursday wearing a headscarf and aided by a Somali translator as she spoke to confirm her name and deny the charges
Noor is originally from Kenya and was granted British citizenship in 2005.
She appeared at the Old Bailey on Thursday wearing a headscarf and was assisted by a Somali translator as she spoke to confirm her name and deny the charges.
Defensively, Stuart Harris previously said she accepted bringing the child to Kenya but “didn’t know exactly what happened or what was arranged.”
At today’s hearing, Judge Mark Lucraft KC confirmed that the case will be heard by a Supreme Court judge at the same court.
Noor, from Edgware, north-west London, was granted unconditional bail ahead of her two-week trial at the Old Bailey on October 16 this year.
She faces another preliminary hearing on April 14.
The alleged victim, a British citizen, cannot be identified for legal reasons.