Murder of Daughter Earns Saudi Preacher Wrist-slap

Justice, Saudi-style?  Five-year-old Lama al-Ghamdi is dead, the victim of her father, Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a preacher who's a popular talking head on Muslim TV programs.  Fayhan al-Ghamdi admitted to brutalizing and killing his young daughter, purportedly for his daughter losing her virginity (yes, you read that right).  There are conflicting reports about whether or not al-Ghamdi raped his daughter and his exact punishment.  For his crime, al-Ghamdi was sentenced to a few months in jail and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, according to the Shia International News Association.  The fine is considered "blood money," and will be given to Lama's mother - al-Ghamdi's ex-wife - as compensation.  The amount is half of what Lama's mother would have received for a son (as if that's compensation enough for murdering any child).  But CNN reports: Some media reports say that Al-Ghamdi was sentenced to pay blood money for Lama's death, and others say that...(Read Full Post)

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