Friday, 18 October 2013

Reowned Saudi preacher jailed for 8years for raping and killing his daughter

What is the world coming to???

An ultraconservative Muslim preacher in Saudi
Arabia was sentenced to eight years in prison
and 800 lashes for raping and beating his five-
year-old daughter to death, official media said
Tuesday. Fayhan al-Ghamdi, who often
preached on television, was convicted of
beating his daughter Lama with canes,
burning her with electrical cables, crushing
her skull and tearing off her nails. She was
also raped repeatedly and died months later
in a Saudi hospital.
The kingdom follows a strict interpretation of
Islam under which murder, drug trafficking,
rape and armed robbery are capital crimes,
with execution mostly by firing squad. The
case of Lama caused a public outcry and
brought to light sensitive issues surrounding
the ambiguity of punishment for Saudi fathers
found guilty of murdering their own children.
Much less serious crimes often receive heavier
The Saudi official news website Sabq
reported that the hard-line Muslim preacher
was not given a harsher sentence because
Lama's mother accepted 1 million riyals,
roughly $267,000, from her ex-husband as
"blood money," allowed in litigation under
Saudi law.
The Egyptian mother, who acquired Saudi
nationality through her ex-husband, was
quoted in Arab Gulf-based media saying she is
a poor single woman with no income. By
accepting the money, she waived the right to
demand retribution, or "qisas," against al-
Ghamdi for the death of their daughter. It was
not immediately known if she was pressured
to accept the deal.
Lama's mother told broadcaster Al-Arabiya
that al-Ghamdi took their daughter from her
for a two-week visit in 2011 to his home with
his second wife and other children. Months
went by and he refused to allow the mother to
see her daughter. The mother wears a full
face veil and her name was not revealed.
Lama was then taken to a hospital, where she
died in intensive care in late 2012.
"I saw her and I swear to God I didn't
recognize her," the mother told the news
channel, describing the moment she saw her
daughter's disfigured face and body in the
hospital. "I felt there is no mercy among
"She was beaten from the head to the toe, all
black and blue all over her body," the mother
Al-Ghamdi had previously said he had been
guided by God after having a temper during
his adolescent years, although Lama's mother
says otherwise.
"He used to beat me for no reason and raise a
knife to me," she told popular Saudi station
Rotana Khalijia, adding that al-Ghamdi also
did not provide basic household necessities.
"A man who does not even give money to
(feed) his own daughter is not a preacher,"
she said, adding that al-Ghamdi did not
practice what he preached on television,
taking drugs, drinking alcohol and sometimes
breaking obligatory Muslims fasts.
Culled from NY Daily News
He deserves more than 8 years. Haba!!!

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