Retrials for genital mutilation accused

Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri will face a retrial in a female genital mutilation case.
Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri will face a retrial in a female genital mutilation case.

A mother, a former nurse and a Sydney Islamic leader will face a retrial over claims relating to the genital mutilation of two sisters after the long-running case went to the High Court.

The trio was found guilty by a NSW Supreme Court jury in 2015, but three years later the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the convictions.

The Crown went to the High Court, which ruled the appeal court erred in acquitting them.

The case then returned to the NSW court of appeal, which on Friday ruled again to quash the convictions but said the trio should face a retrial.

The mother of the girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and midwife Kubra Magennis had been found guilty of "mutilating the clitoris" of the two primary school-aged sisters.

Dawoodi Bohra sect community leader Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri was found guilty of being an accessory to their mutilation.

The case will go before the Supreme Court arraignments list on March 6.

Australian Associated Press