The baby daughter of a west African diplomat based in London has been given special protection after concerns were raised that she could be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM).

Southwark council, which applied for an FGM protection order, is now requesting that government look into waiving diplomatic immunity in the case.

Mr Justice Keehan analysed preliminary issues at a hearing at the family division of the royal courts of justice on Monday. He made the baby a ward of court and issued her with an FGM protection order, designed to safeguard young girls at risk of the practice. The judge is due to hear more evidence next month.

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