In the eyes of Saudi Arabian jurisprudence, Sheikh Fayhan al-Ghamdi has been released from 13 months in jail and subsequently cleared of his rape, torture, and murder conviction against his daughter due to the “blood money” he paid out to his former wife, as reported by the International Business Times (of London, UK) on March 10, 2014.
As previously covered, al-Ghamdi was initially sentenced to pay out $50,000 to his ex-wife per Islamic Sharia Law regarding the savage killing of their daughter, Lama al-Ghamdi, as blood money compensation in the death of his child. However, a Saudi court has since imposed an additional 1 million Saudi riyals ($270,000) as additional payment to Lama’s mother. With the payment comes no further possibility of future fines or punishment.
A popular TV preacher in Saudi Arabia, al-Ghamdi suspected his 5-year-old daughter had brought shame upon the family by somehow losing her virginity. In response, the Sheikh inflicted the following upon his child:
- A broken back.
- Raped multiple times.
- A crushed skull.
- Numerous burns throughout her body.
- A broken left arm.
- Multiple broken ribs.
Al-Ghamdi also admitted in court to using a cane as well as electric cables in the torture/rape of his child. Hospital social worker Randa al-Kaleeb stated the child had been raped “everywhere.” The little girl managed to linger for ten months before finally succumbing to her injuries.