The police report into the Home Office. You’d imagine that the police’s steadfast refusal (along with the CPS) to bring prosecutions against genital mutilators – clearly breaching the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 – would have a legal basis, or at least the claim of one. Because MGM is demonstrably illegal – it would require a parliamentary override to be legal, and that has never existed – we continue to test the point, with a series of FOI requests.
On 19 December we sent the Home Office a FOI request on MGM. The request was this:
What information does the Home Office hold on the legality (or otherwise) of the non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors?
Two days ago we received their response by email. The key sentence:
The Home Office does not hold the information which you have requested.
The inevitable conclusion? The Home Office does not have a legal basis for failing to prosecute those who mutilate the genitals of male minors.
The letter ends with a disingenuous sentence about a FOI response from the Department of Health. We won’t insult your intelligence by linking to it. It basically claimed that MGM is legal because there’s no specific law against it, a position we’d destroyed in our original FOI request.
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