Australian FGM case: former nurse heard saying, ‘I am quite in trouble’

A former nurse accused of carrying out genital mutilation procedures on two young Sydney girls was captured on telephone intercepts saying, “I am quite in trouble … I do not want to go to jail at my age,” a court has heard.

The two sisters, now aged nine and 11, allegedly had their genitals cut in separate “ceremonies” in New South Wales between 2009 and 2012.

The procedures were allegedly organised by their mother and carried out by a retired nurse.

The women, who cannot be named, have pleaded not guilty to genital mutilation, and a high-ranking member of their Dawoodi Bohra community, Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, has denied being an accessory after the fact.

On Tuesday the jury at their supreme court trial was played a series of recorded telephone calls between the girls’ parents, the retired nurse and Vaziri from 29 August 2012.

This was the same day the girls’ parents were being interviewed by police.

A transcript of a translated call between the 71-year-old nurse and an unknown person records her as saying: “I am quite in trouble … I do not want to go to jail at my age.

“Now, this one girl has spoken something to someone in the school. Now, then, have called that one’s parents to the police.

“Then the parents will give my name. I do not have the knowledge if the girl has given my name. Please ask the elder brother to do something, please.”

In another conversation translated into broken English, the girl’s father is stated to have told the retired nurse: “Yeah, but we can just say ‘We had a check on her and that was it.’ ”

“Yeah,” the nurse replied.

The father then is recorded as telling her, “We didn’t do anything” before the nurse responds, “Yes now, what I will say?”

In a further conversation, Vaziri allegedly advises the father that if he says it “has not been done … those will people get a check-up by a doctor”.

The trial continues.

Article courtesy of The Guardian website – 22/9/2015

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