The Department of Justice announced that Fakhruddin Attar M.D. (53) and his wife Farida Attar (50) were arrested on Friday and charged with conspiracy that  involved performing female genital mutilations (FGM) on minors.  They appeared in federal court.
 
The Attar couple of Livonia -- a suburb of Detroit, Michigan -- are alleged with conspiring to perform female genital mutilations on girls out of Fakhruddin Attar’s medical clinic. Some of the minor victims traveled interstate to have the procedure performed. The complaint alleges that the FGM procedure was performed on girls who were approximately six to eight years old.
 
 
The pair of defendants is alleged to have conspired with Jumana Nagarwala, M.D., who was arrested in Detroit on April 12 and ordered detained on April 17, 2017, pending trial. Nagarwala, Fakhruddin Attar and Farida Attar are believed to be the first people charged under 18 U.S.C. 116, which criminalizes FGM, a practice that is largely limited to Muslims.
 
 
According to his page at Vitals.com, Attar "has 28 years of experience. His specialties include Internal Medicine. Dr. Attar is affiliated with Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Southfield Campus and Henry Ford Hospital. He speaks English."
 
The FBI’s Detroit Division and HSI investigated the case with the assistance of the Livonia Police Department and with support of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Michigan and the FBI’s International Human Rights Unit, Criminal Investigative Division. Deputy Chief Sara Woodward of the General Crimes Unit of the Eastern District of Michigan, Fraud Section Assistant Chief Nick Surmacz and Trial Attorneys Amy Markopoulos and Malisa Dubal are prosecuting the case. 
 
Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios of the FBI’s Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Steve Francis of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Detroit Field Office made the announcement.


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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