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Egyptian Doctor Convicted in Landmark FGM Case

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FILE - Women sit outside the clinic of Dr. Raslan Fadl, the doctor who performed the procedure of female genital mutilation on 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea that resulted in her death a year ago, in Aga, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Cairo, Egypt.

FILE - Women sit outside the clinic of Dr. Raslan Fadl, the doctor who performed the procedure of female genital mutilation on 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea that resulted in her death a year ago, in Aga, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Cairo, Egypt.

An Egyptian court has convicted a doctor of manslaughter in the death of a 13-year-old girl following a botched female genital mutilation procedure.

FILE - Soheir al-Batea died in 2013, the victim of a botched female genital mutilation, a widespread practice performed on more than 90 percent of girls and women in Egypt.

FILE - Soheir al-Batea died in 2013, the victim of a botched female genital mutilation, a widespread practice performed on more than 90 percent of girls and women in Egypt.

Raslan Fadl was sentenced to two years, three months in prison on Monday after a judge overturned his original acquittal on an appeal.

The court also ordered the doctor to close his clinic for one year.

Soheir al-Batea died in 2013, the victim of a widespread practice performed on more than 90 percent of girls and women in Egypt.

Lawyer Reda el-Danbouki, who represented the deceased, called the verdict "a triumph for women."

Female genital mutilation continues to be performed in Egypt despite a government ban in 2008.

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