Couple accused of sending girls to Africa for genital mutilation to face court

A statue of Themis, the Greek God of Justice stands outside the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Source: AAP

A Queensland couple accused of sending their two girls overseas to undergo genital mutilation are due to face trial on Monday.

A couple accused of sending their two girls to Africa to undergo genital mutilation are due to face trial in a Queensland court.

It's the first time a criminal case has reached the state's courts under laws that came into effect 18 years ago, banning female genital mutilation.

The couple, who were born in Africa, are accused of sending the girls to Africa for the procedure in late 2015, when the children were nine and 12.

Their trial, on two counts each of removing a child from Queensland for genital mutilation, is expected to begin on Monday in the Beenleigh District Court.

Source AAP - SBS

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