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Supreme Court: Male Circumcision Not A Crime

Finland's Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a Muslim mother did not commit a crime when she had her son circumcised.

The Court said that the circumcision, carried out for religious and social reasons and in a medical manner, did not have the earmarks of a criminal offence. It pointed out in its ruling that the circumcision of Muslim boys is an established tradition and a integral part of the identity of Muslim men.

The Turku Appeals Court had previously ruled that the mother charged in the case was not guilty of assault. The Tampere District Court had ruled that the mother had broken the law, but dismissed the charges.

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