A Sydney doctor and his wife who belong to a small Islamic sect have denied taking part in the genital mutilation of their daughters.
A community religious leader who is an associate of the couple has also denied telling others to lie to police about the prevalence of female circumcision in their local community.
The Sydney couple appeared in Parramatta Local Court yesterday charged over the female circumcision of the two girls.
The victims, understood to be the couple's daughters, were aged six and seven when the procedures were carried out.
Court documents show that one procedure took place in metropolitan Sydney and the other from the Illawarra in the past two years.
The father, 42, and his pharmacist wife, 35, have been charged with two counts of female mutilation.
The co-accused man, a 56-year-old sheik, also appeared in court charged with two counts of being an accessory after the fact to female genital mutilation and with hindering the police investigation.
He is accused of telling locals in the last two months to lie to police about the prevalence of female genital mutilation within the community, court documents show.
Their solicitor, John Sutton, said there was no mention that the alleged offences were part of a religious act.
"It is a very small community," Mr Sutton told the court. "A very small religious order. The allegation has nothing to do with religion."
Outside court, he said there was nothing more to say other than "an absolute denial of the allegations".
The three accused will appear in the same court on November 8.
The Medical Council of NSW may raise the matter with the Health Care Complaints Commission for a possible disciplinary hearing, a spokeswoman said.
The Pharmacy Council of NSW is considering suspending the mother's professional registration.
"The Pharmacy Council is currently considering whether or not such action is required in this instance," the council said.
A 68-year-old retired nurse was charged with performing the procedure on the two girls and will appear in Campbelltown Local Court on October 3.
Four other women, aged 39, 68, 73 and 77, from Sydney and Wollongong, have also been charged in the case, bringing the total accused to eight.
Each woman has been charged with female genital mutilation.
All four are alleged to have been present at one or both of the circumcisions. They have been granted bail. AAP