Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Prominent Islamist preacher set free after paying 'blood money'

The story is almost too horrific to hear. A prominent Saudi preacher, who burned, raped and tortured his five-year-old daughter to death has been released after agreeing to pay "blood money."

Little Lama al-Ghamdi died last October after having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns. The girl had also been repeatedly raped and the burned.

Little Lama al-Ghamdi died last October after having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns. The girl had also been repeatedly raped and the burned.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Rape, torture, burned, daughter, Islamist preacher, Saudi Arabia, women's rights, child abuse


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Little Lama al-Ghamdi died last October after having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns. The girl had also been repeatedly raped and the burned.

Her father, prominent Islamist preacher Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a regular fixture on television in Saudi Arabia, served only a few months in jail in spite of admitting having used a cane and cables to inflict his daughter's injuries.

Even worse, activists from the group Women to Drive claim the preacher had doubted five-year-old Lama's virginity and had her checked up by a medic.
 
A social worker from the hospital where Lama was admitted, Randa al-Kaleeb said the girl's back was broken and that she had been repeatedly raped - and that 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," which 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 a fine of less than $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.

Female 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 says.

Three Saudi activists, including Manal al-Sharif, who started the women's right to drive campaign, have raised objections to the ruling. In addition, a social media campaign is now gaining momentum after the ruling was publicized.

Manal al-Sharif has launched a campaign on Twitter using the hash tag "Ana Lama," which is translated as I am Lama, calling for better protection for children and women.

Public anger in Saudi Arabia is growing. Authorities say they will create a 24-hour hotline to take calls about child abuse.


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Middle East

YOU WILL NOT TAKE MY HEAD! - Notorious ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John' now on the run from his former bosses Watch

Image of There are rumors that Jihadi John had been moved by ISIS to Libya, where he supposedly attended a terror training camp with Sousse gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

He was at one time the most visible and dreaded figure in the Islamic State terror group . now, "Jihadi John" has fled for his life, afraid that his ISIS overlords were planning to kill him with as much leniency mercy as he did captive journalists. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


ISIS executes two homosexuals by pushing them off the roof (WARNING: Graphic Content) Watch

Image of The unidentified male victims were sadistically dangled over the side of the building before being pushed.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In what appears to be their favored method of execution for those accused of homosexuality, ISIS agents tied the hands of two men behind their back and then pushed them off a rooftop to their deaths in Homs, Syria. The jihadis blindfold the men before standing ... continue reading


Catholic relief Services roll up their sleeves to help rebuild Gaza Watch

Image of Reconstruction efforts in Gaza are complicated by the Israeli blockade.

By Kevin J. Jones, CNA/EWTN News

One year after an outbreak of violence between the Israeli military and Hamas militants in Gaza, Catholic Relief Services is helping conflict victims to find new homes. Gaza City (CNA/EWTN News) - "It's hard to believe it's been a year already. Unfortunately, it ... continue reading


The Cubs of the Caliphate take over: ISIS cub executes Iraqi 'spy' in latest horrific propaganda video (WARNING: Graphic Content) Watch

Image of The young ISIS soldier who shot an Iraqi spy at point blank.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

ISIS has once again released another shocking video, this time featuring a young boy shooting an alleged Iraqi spy in the head, point blank. The child dressed in black from head-to-toe executes the man after he confesses he has been spying on ISIS in the Iraqi town of ... continue reading


Forced to chew a sandal! Captured ISIS killer ridiculed on TV by Iraqi media Watch

Image of Chewing a sandal is greatly insulting in Iraq.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An ISIS terrorist, accused of taking the lives of 60 unarmed Iraqi army soldiers, was forced to chew a sandal, an incredibly insulting act in the Arab world, as he appeared in front of news cameras in Iraq. In the Arab culture, simply showing the sole of your shoe is a ... continue reading


'Give me my weapon': ISIS releases disturbing video featuring 'the cubs of the Caliphate' directly speaking to the camera Watch

Image of Where are the suicide attackers?

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In what is believed to be the first time ever, ISIS has released a propaganda video featuring the "cubs," some as young as three, as the primary speakers. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The latest video, released from the terrorist group's official media wing in ... continue reading


Turkish student activist dies in ISIS suicide bombing minutes after posting a selfie Watch

Image of Recent ISIS Bombing kills Turkish students minutes after sharing a Selfie.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Turkish student activist, Ezgi Saadet has died in a ISIS suicide bombing, along with 30 others, last Monday in Suruc - a town located at the Southern area of Turkey. Saadet posted a selfie with fellow student activists several minutes prior to the attack; the picture ... continue reading


Terrorist group mimics 'Game of Thrones': Parades ISIS commander through town to be hanged Watch

Image of ISIS Commander Abu-Nabil Al-Anbari [not pictured] was captured and was forced to do the

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Abu-Nabil Al-Anbari, who was dispatched by ISIS to create an Islamic State in Libya was captured by a rival Islamist group and forced to participate in a "Game of Thrones-style" walk-of-shame through a Libyan city, along with other captives, before he was hanged to ... continue reading


ISIS forces young kidnapped boys to join them and endure extreme radical training Watch

Image of ISIS turns young boys into weapons.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It has been revealed that more than 120 young boys were given a doll and a sword to perform a beheading under ISIS' command, as part of the "Cubs of the Caliphate." MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - A 14-year-old who was abducted and later able to escape his ... continue reading


Ice offered to sweltering Iraqis turns deadly after ISIS detonates car bomb Watch

Image of More than 100 people were killed, dozens were injured, and a massive crater in the floor of the marketplace bears mute witness to the despicable scene of mass slaughter.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Sweltering Iraqi citizens were lured with the promise of cheap ice in Iraq. It was all part of a diabolical trick by Islamic State, who detonated bombs, killing up to 115 people. One jihadi drove a vehicle packed with more than three tons of explosives into the market ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28
7 Moses used to take the Tent and pitch it outside ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
6 Yahweh acts with uprightness, with justice to all ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:35-43
35 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 28th, 2015 Image

St. Innocent I
July 28: Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter