Court Must Reconsider Asylum for Mali Woman

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Michael Mukasey has rebuked a midlevel federal court on behalf of a Mali woman who fears genital mutilation if sent home.

It's rare for the nation's top law enforcement officer to reject rulings issued by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals.

But Mukasey did just that on Monday, overruling the panel's decision to deny asylum to the unidentified woman who opposes tribal customs in Mali that force genital mutilation upon its women.

The appeals panel had spurned the Mali woman's request in April, in part because her genitals already have been mutilated.

Mukasey called the decision flawed and sent it back to the judges to reconsider.

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