Convicted SAUDI Cleric who tortured, raped, and killed his 5-year-old daughter because he doubted her virginity, has been released!

Fayhan al-Ghamdi, who was sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes in 2013, has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing  to pay his ex-wife, the girl’s mother, $270,000 in ‘blood money.’

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IB Times via TROP  According to reports,  Al-Ghamdi’s daughter Lama suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken back, broken ribs, a broken left arm and extensive bruising and burns.  al-Ghamdi had suspected his daughter of losing her virginity and had beaten her and molested her in response. It was even suggested that he had raped her himself.

The preacher – who is considered a celebrity in Saudi Arabia and often appears on Saudi television – admitted he used a cane and cables to inflict the injuries after doubting his five-year-old daughter’s virginity and taking her to a doctor, according to the campaign group Women to Drive. Lama died ten months later.

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Al-Ghamdi, however, has now been released as “blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment” a judge ruled, according to Albawaba News. Al-Ghamdi served only a few months in jail before a judge ruled the prosecution could only seek blood money. The money is considered compensation under Islamic law, although it is only half the amount that would have been paid if Lama had been a boy.

Despite the fact Saudi Arabia hands out sentences of capital punishment, fathers cannot be executed for murdering their children in the country,.