- Reporter tried to get Omar Addow to offer to perform female circumcision
- Dr Addow, 56, of Birmingham, at first refused to perform the illegal ‘ritual’
- But dentist then went into a room with unidentified woman for one hour
- Then allegedly said: ‘I will do it for you. Between you, me and Allah only’
An undercover freelance journalist hired by The Sunday Times had sex with a dentist during a sting set up by the ‘Fake Sheikh’, a misconduct hearing was told today.
The reporter – working with famed investigative journalist Mazher Mahmood – allegedly ‘went to extra lengths’ to get Omar Addow, 56, to offer to perform female circumcision on her two young nieces.
Addow at first refused to perform the illegal ‘ritual’ but then went into a room with the woman for an hour, before allegedly being recorded as saying: ‘I will do it for you. Between you, me and Allah only.’
Claim: The reporter working with famed investigative journalist Mazher Mahmood (pictured) allegedly ‘went to extra lengths’ to get Omar Addow, 56, to offer to perform female circumcision on her two young nieces
He was arrested two weeks after the story appeared, but was not charged. Addow has not appeared for his misconduct hearing before the General Dental Council and is said to be working in Somalia.
Tom Kark QC, for the GDC said the newspaper’s article was published on April 22 last year.
He added: ‘The basis of the article was the allegation that the reporter, who pretended to be looking for someone who would circumcise children, was referred to Dr Addow by a GP.
‘He was recorded undercover indicating that he was prepared to carry out female circumcisions on two girls, said to be 10 and 13.’
Addow initially appeared ‘very reluctant’ and refused her request, Mr Kark said, adding: ‘He says it is against the law. He claims that when he practised in Italy he campaigned against female circumcision.
‘He talks about the danger in taking the girls to old women who perform the operation.’
Addow told the reporter: ‘It is dangerous, it is dangerous. I am against the ritual circumcision of girls. I don’t know what I have to say because you have to stop looking.’
But the dentist later allegedly agreed to describe the procedure in some detail and displayed the instruments needed for female circumcision – including surgical scissors and a clamp.
When the reporter’s stomach started rumbling Addow carried out ‘percussion’ and examined her abdomen, the hearing was told.
This led to him checking her breasts for abnormalities and performing a vaginal ‘exploration’ before inviting her back to his flat, it is claimed.
Statement: A Sunday Times spokesman said the journalist involved was ‘a freelance engaged in a legitimate undercover investigation by The Sunday Times into female genital mutilation’ (file picture from 2011)
Mr Mahmood, whose targets have famously included Sarah, Duchess of York, supplied his reporter with fresh batteries for her ‘handbag cam’ moments before she went to his flat, the hearing was told.
Soon after arriving she disappears into the bedroom with Addow for over an hour, it is claimed.
‘When he leaves the bedroom, he appears to be wearing a sarong,’ said Mr Kark. ‘It appears he and the journalist have sexual intercourse.
‘I will do it for you. Between you, me and Allah only’
What Omar Addow allegedly said to freelance reporter
‘We may form the view that the journalist had gone to extra lengths to get her story.’
Addow is then heard agreeing for the first time to perform the circumcisions. The journalist, referred to only as a ‘female undercover investigator’, claims on the video to be 33 and of Ghanaian origin.
Neither she nor Mr Mahmood – who became famous through his award-winning sting investigations for the now-defunct News of the World – will be called to give evidence, the hearing was told.
Both Addow and the GP who referred the journalist to him were arrested on May 4, 2012, for conspiring to perform female genital mutilation. They were both released without charge.
‘It is the General Dental Council’s submission that although he appeared to be very reluctant to take part in such a procedure, he was eventually persuaded to do so’, Mr Kark said.
Organisation: Omar Addow has not appeared for his misconduct hearing before the General Dental Council (whose offices in Central London are pictured) and is said to be working in Somalia
Performing or assisting female genital mutilation carries a maximum jail term of 14 years, although no successful prosecution has ever been brought in this country.
The NHS estimates that 66,000 females in the UK have undergone female circumcision.
Addow, who is not represented, faces no charges in relation to having sex with the journalist, as she was not his patient and they did not have sex in his surgery.
‘We may form the view that the journalist had gone to extra lengths to get her story’
Tom Kark QC, for the General Dental Council
But he is accused of performing a medical examination on the woman while unregistered with the General Medical Council, as well as planning to carry out the two circumcisions.
GDC investigators concluded Addow is currently working at the University Hospital of Somalia, the panel heard.
A Sunday Times spokesman told MailOnline tonight: ‘The journalist in question was a freelance engaged in a legitimate undercover investigation by The Sunday Times into female genital mutilation, which is a matter of public interest.
‘She categorically denies having had sexual intercourse or any other sexually intimate contact with Dr Addow.’
Addow, formerly of Moseley, Birmingham, has entered no formal pleas to the allegations. If found guilty of misconduct, he could be suspended or struck off the dental register. The hearing continues.