Judge keeps doctor jailed in Detroit FGM case

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville is a flight risk because she is facing charges that could send her to federal prison for the rest of her life and because she has ties overseas, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said.

Nagarwala, a U.S. citizen and mother of four children with family in India and Africa, is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 10 with five others in the nation’s first federal case involving female genital mutilation.

“She was born here, that would be a lot to leave but absolutely there is incentive to leave because the penalty is so great,” Friedman said.

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