A Saudi preacher who tortured his five-year-old daughter to death has been released after agreeing to pay ‘blood money’, activists said.
Lama al-Ghamdi died in October having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns.
The child had also been repeatedly raped and the burned.
Her father Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a prominent Islamist preacher who regularly appears on television in Saudi Arabia, served only a few months in jail despite admitting having used a cane and cables to inflict the injuries.
Activists from the group Women to Drive said the preacher had doubted Lama’s virginity and had her checked up by a medic.
Perhaps in sympathy for his colleague having to pay such an outlandish fine – almost $50,000! -, another Saudi cleric has issued a fatwa on national TV; dress infant girls in burkas to assist men in resisting the urge to rape them. Out on the desert, when you’ve exhausted your supply of camels and sisters yet are still lonely under that dark sky and the cold stars ….