Thursday, November 2, 2006
From ajc.com: It may have been the quiet testimony of his young daughter that brought down convicted mutilator Khalid Adem. Or maybe it was testimony from defense witnesses whose credibility was easily attacked. Or it could have been in the little lies that a prosecutor found in Adem's own testimony that led to his downfall.
Whatever the reason, after seven days of testimony it only took a jury three hours to find Adem guilty of aggravated battery and cruelty to children. The verdict ended the rare trial that was being followed nationally, a landmark case for activists fighting against female genital mutilation.
Though Adem defiantly denied the act, he will serve 10 years in prison and five years' probation for using scissors to circumcise his then-2-year-old daughter in 2001. Adem was born in Ethiopia where circumcision is sometimes performed on young girls. The African tradition has been denounced for decades by health and human rights activists. In some areas of Africa, it is still considered a coming-of-age ritual. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]