A popular Saudi Arabian television imam was found guilty of murdering his own 5-year-old daughter because he doubted her virginity, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Although found guilty of murder, Sheikh Fayhan al-Ghamdi was released after being fined $50,000 (£31,000) as “blood money” under Islamic Sharia’a Law for the death of his child.
Ghamdi had been incarcerated since last November, and the presiding judge ruled the handful of months was sufficient time behind bars.
Little Lama al-Ghamdi died this past October after suffering multiple and horrendous injuries at the hands of her father.
In line with Sharia’a Law, a father cannot be executed for the slaying of either his wife or any of his children.
The $50,000 blood money presented to the girl’s mother is half the amount if the murdered child were a boy.
According to press reports, Lama suffered:
- A broken back.
- Raped multiple times.
- A crushed skull.
- Numerous burns throughout her body.
- A broken left arm.
- Multiple broken ribs.