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 then 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.
Randa al-Kaleeb, a social worker from
the hospital where Lama was admitted, said the girl's back was broken
and that she had been repeatedly raped. Her injuries were then burned. Rather
than the death penalty or a long prison sentence, the judge in the case
ruled the prosecution could only seek 'blood money', according to
activists. The money is compensation for the next of kin under Islamic law.
Activists said the judge ruled the few months al-Ghamdi spent in prison since his arrest in November was sufficient punishment. He has reportedly agreed to pay £31,000 ($50,000), which is believed to have gone to Lama's mother. The amount is half that would have been paid if Lama had been a boy. Activists
say under Islamic laws a father cannot be executed for murdering his
children. Husbands can also not be executed for murdering their wives,
the group say. Three Saudi
activists, including Manal al-Sharif, who started the women's right to
drive campaign, have raised objections to the ruling. A social media campaign is now gaining momentum after the ruling was publicised. Manal
al-Sharif has launched a campaign on Twitter using the hashtag 'Ana
Lama', which is translated as I am Lama, calling for better protection
for children and women. Local
reports say public anger in Saudi Arabia is also growing and
authorities have said they will create a 24-hour hotline to take calls
about child abuse, Women to Drive said in a post on their Facebook page. (Emphasis added)
Here again is the true face of Mohammedanism. This godless, demon-possessed beast was not a "radical Islamist" or a "terrorist" or a member of Al-Qaeda; he was a popular television "cleric" in Saudi Arabia, the home of orthodox Islam. (And the one Islamic nation that the Bush and Obama administrations have held closest to their hearts, because of its oil.) He was merely following the tenets of the Muslim "religion," and following them faithfully, as was the "court" that let him walk free. Because, for some insane reason, he "doubted" the virginity of the five year old girl pictured above.
Remember this child, and her "father," next time you see the "nice, peaceful Muslims" living in your town or city. They wouldn't do what this man did; but they happily and deliberately subscribe to the religion he was so faithfully practicing. Somewhere in Hell, Muhammad is smirking.