A Saudi preacher who tortured his five-year-old daughter to death has been released after agreeing to pay 'blood money', The Daily Mail reported.
Lama al-Ghamdi died in October having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns, according to the report.
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She 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 to having used a cane and cables to inflict the injuries.
Lama al-Ghamdi. Spent 10 months in hospital before succumbing to wounds
Women's rights activists said al-Ghamdi had doubted Lama's virginity and had her checked up by a medic.
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.
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According to the report, 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.
Activists say under Islamic laws a father cannot be executed for murdering his children. Husbands can also not be executed for murdering their wives, they say.
A social media campaign is now gaining momentum after the ruling was publicized.
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