Saudi Islamist preacher Fayhan al-Ghamdi, who tortured and raped his 5-year-old daughter Lama al-Ghamdi to death, escapes long jail time by paying a fine of only $42,032.90.
According to AnsweringMuslims.com, celebrity Saudi Islamist preacher Fayhan al-Ghamdi has been released after admitting that he tortured and raped his 5-year-old daughter to death by paying a small compensation of $42,032.90. al-Ghamdi’s now deceased 5-year-old, Lama al-Ghamd, was tortured and raped by her father and died in October after suffering multiple injuries including a broken left arm, broken ribs, a crushed skull, and extensive bruises and burns.
Fayhan al-Ghamdi Beats and Rapes 5-Year-Old Daughter and is Released By Paying “Bloody Money”
Fayhan al-Ghamdi, who is known throughout Saudi Arabia for his teachings as he appears regularly on television in that region, only served a few months of jail time before he was released.
Because Saudi Arabia is ruled by Islamic law, instead of offering a punishment that is fair to the crime, such as life in prison, the judge ruled that the prosecution could only seek “blood money.” The money that Fayhan al-Ghamdi pays will go to the next of kin under Islamic law, which in this case is Lama al-Ghamdi’s mother. According to activists, the judge ruled that the few months Fayhan al-Ghamdi spent in prison was a sufficient punishment.
Under Islamic laws, a husband cannot be executed for murdering his children or his wives. A social media campaign by the activists is underway to bring more attention to the issue. Manal al-Sharif, one of the main activists, has started a hashtag campaign calling for those who want to see more rights for women in the region to tweet, “Ana Lama,” which translates to, “I am Lama.”
According to local reports, anger in Saudi Arabia is growing as woman’s rights is becoming more of an issue.
Saudi Preacher Fayhan al-Ghamdi Beats and Rapes 5-Year-Old Daughter Lama al-Ghamdi To Death Escapes with Small Fine