Saudi cleric and TV celebrity Fayah al-GhamdiÂ used a cane and cables to brutally torture and kill his 5-year-old daughter, Lama, doubting her virginity. He was on his way out of prison after agreeing a Judge ruled that “blood money” to the mother was sufficient penalty. Saudi law does not allow the death penalty for a man who murders either his wife or his children. The blood money specified is half that of what would have been paid, had Lama been a boy. Saudis are “outraged” and want him dead. That’s an improvement. I hope men are among the “outraged.
Albawaba News reported the judge as saying: â€œBlood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment.â€…
The Times reported sources in the Saudi capital Riyadh as saying the royal family had been â€œstungâ€ by the outrage over the case, with senior members intervening to ensure a stricter punishment is given.
One source told the newspaper, â€œThe royal court is now looking at the case. He [Al-Ghamdi] will stay in prison for a long time.â€
The Â£31,000 blood money Al-Ghamdi agreed to pay is considered compensation under Islamic law, although it is only half the amount that would have been paid had Lama been a boy. Source: The Independent
The Saudi government has set up a 24-hour hotline to take reports about child abuse. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Thanks to Don Laird from Edson, Alberta, Canada for the tip!