The Crown Prosecution Service said it had decided that “no further action” could be taken in 10 out of 12 cases referred to it by police, and only two files were still being considered for possible criminal charges.They do, of course, claim they have good reasons. But then, don’t they always?
It said that reasons for vetoing prosecution included the reluctance of one victim to testify against a 35-year-old suspect from London.
A gap in the 1985 law banning FGM in England and Wales made it impossible to prosecute a Somali woman aged 40 who allegedly subjected her daughter to mutilation during a holiday in her homeland.
Three other women, two of whom were arrested at Heathrow, escaped charges because items they possessed — which police believed were going to be used for cutting — could also be used for other “traditional practices” that were lawful.
A 38-year-old London man who threatened to inflict FGM has been told he will not be charged because police were unable to show that he intended to put his words into action.Hmmm, doesn’t that last one mean that the infamous prosecution of Paul Chambers was even more of a farce and an injustice than we all thought, then?