RIYADH: A Saudi court sentenced a preacher convicted of raping his five-year-old daughter and torturing her to death to eight years in prison and 800 lashes, a lawyer said yesterday.
In a case that drew widespread public condemnation in the kingdom and abroad, the court on Monday also ordered Fayhan Al Ghamdi to pay his ex-wife, the girl’s mother, one million riyals ($270,000) in “blood money,” lawyer Turki Al Rasheed said. Blood money is compensation for the next of kin under Islamic law. The girl’s mother had demanded 10 million riyals ($2.7m). Ghamdi’s second wife, accused of taking part in the crime, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 150 lashes, said Rasheed, who is lawyer for the girl’s mother.
Ghamdi was convicted of “raping and killing his five-year-old daughter Lama,” he added. The girl was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2011 with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns, activists said. She died several months later. Ghamdi, a regular guest on television networks despite not being an authorised cleric in Saudi Arabia, had confessed to having used cables and a cane to inflict the injuries, human rights activists said earlier this year.AFP