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Ana Lama - I Am Lama

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Published on Feb 5, 2013

There are calls for justice in Saudi Arabia after the killing of a 5-year-old girl. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

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Saudi preacher jailed over daughter's death (BBC, Oct 7, 2013)
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'He will stay in prison for a long time': Saudi royal family intervenes in case of 'celebrity' preacher released after paying blood money despite raping and torturing daughter to death (independent, Feb 12, 2013)
http://ind.pn/YU5eLO
"The Saudi royal family has intervened to block the release of a 'celebrity' preacher accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter. Fayhan al-Ghamdi was set to be released after agreeing to pay "blood money" to the mother of his daughter Lama..."

Saudi Islamist preacher on trial in daughter's slaying
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/04/wor...
"Outrage is mounting in Saudi Arabia about the case of a 5-year-old girl who died after allegedly being beaten and tortured by her father, who activists say is an Islamist preacher. Lama Al-Ghamdi was admitted to King Saud Hospital in Riyadh last March after suffering extensive injuries, including broken ribs, a crushed skull, bruising and burns. Family, activists and officials say she died of her wounds in late October ... Activists say Al-Ghamdi is an Islamist evangelist popular in Saudi Arabia for his televised appearances and for speaking on air about the rewards of repenting to God ... Some media reports say that Al-Ghamdi was sentenced to pay blood money for Lama's death, and others say that he has been released from jail. But Mohammed Almadi, with the Human Rights Commission, told CNN that the father has been in prison for about eight months and has been accused of the torture that led to the girl's death ... "We need to get some laws passed to protect women and children here. It's been difficult getting these laws passed," she said ... "In Saudi Arabia," Al-Sharif told CNN, "all women are considered minors and are automatically assigned to the care and judgment of their most immediate male relative." Al-Sharif said Saudi courts tend to "show leniency toward male abusers," and she said she is concerned that might happen in this case as well."

Celebrity Saudi preacher 'raped' and tortured his five-year-old daughter to death (dailymail, Feb 4, 2013)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...
"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 ... The child had also been repeatedly raped and the 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 ... 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..."

"Burkas for babies": Saudi cleric's new fatwa causes controversy (alarabiya, Feb 3, 2013)
http://english.alarabiya.net/articles...
"A Saudi cleric has called for all female babies to be fully covered by wearing the face veil, commonly known as the burka, citing reports of little girls being sexually molested.
In a TV interview on the Islamic al-Majd TV, which seems to date back to mid-last year, Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, stressed that wearing the veil will protect baby girls. The Sheikh tried to back his assertion with claims of sexual molestation against babies in the kingdom, quoting unnamed medical and security sources. Recently picked up on social media, Sheikh Dauod's statement prompted wide condemnation from his fellow Saudis on Twitter. Some tweeps called for the Sheikh to be held accountable because his ruling denigrates Islam and breaches individual privacy. Sheikh Mohammad al-Jzlana, former judge at the Saudi Board of Grievances, told Al Arabiya that Dauod's ruling was denigrating to Islam and Shariah and made Islam look bad..."

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