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Whittington doctor denies carrying out FGM

PUBLISHED: 15:39 31 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:21 31 July 2014

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena (front) leaves Westminster Magistrates Court earlier this year.

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena (front) leaves Westminster Magistrates Court earlier this year.

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A Whittington doctor facing the UK’s first prosecution linked to alleged female genital mutilation has denied any wrongdoing.

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, pleaded not guilty to committing an offence under the Female Genital Mutilation Act when he appeared at the Old Bailey on Thursday, July 31.

Dharmasena is accused of having carried out the procedure on a woman who gave birth in November 2012.

A second man, who cannot be named, also denied aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the doctor to commit the offence.

He also entered a not guilty plea to encouraging the commission of an offence.

The men will face trial on January 13 at Southwark Crown Court.

Both the men, wearing dark suits, stood in the dock of oak panelled Court Two as Mr Justice Sweeney released them on unconditional bail.

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