Saudi Cleric Fined For Raping & Killing 5-Year-Old Daughter
Lama al-Ghamdi (Screenshot from youtube.com)
Russian Media is reporting that a Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia has recently been fined $50,000 and sentenced to only a few months in jail after he was found guilty of raping and murdering his five-year-old daughter.
The fine, is part of Islamic law – known as ‘blood money’ – to compensate the victim’s relatives.
According to Islamic law, the ‘blood money’ can be paid in lieu of the death penalty. The cleric’s fine was reportedly half the usual amount because the victim was a girl.
The Saudi cleric Fayhan Ghamdi, was a frequent guest on Muslim TV networks; he confessed to using cables and a cane to inflict the injuries upon the little girl after raping her.
Ghamdi reportedly doubted that his daughter, Lama Ghamdi, was a virgin, and forced her to undergo a medical inspection.
In December 2011, Lama was admitted to hospital with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, and extensive bruising and burns, according to the activist group. Hospital worker Randa Kaleeb said that the girl’s back was broken, and that she had been raped “everywhere.”
The hospital told the victim’s mother that her child’s “rectum had been torn open and the abuser had attempted to burn it closed,” AFP reported on Saturday.
The girl died in October 2012. The following month, her father was arrested. The judge ruled that the “blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment,” activists reported.
Despite the fact that Saudi Arabia continues to hold one of the worst human rights records in the world and that fifteen of the nineteen hijackers on September 11th were Saudi, the United States continues to consider Saudi Arabia a key ally in the region.
On October 20, 2010, the Obama Administration notified Congress of its intention to make the biggest arms sale in American history – an estimated $60.5 billion purchase by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – “considerably improving the offensive capability of the Saudi armed forces.”