Saudi priest who beat his daughter to death has been released.

An Islamic priest in Saudi Arabia who beat his daughter to death has been released:

A court in Saudi Arabia has dropped the charge of sexual assault against the father of Luma, the five-year-old daughter he had beaten to death.

The decision was taken after no trace of semen was found on her body, Saudi daily Al Sharq reported on Wednesday.

The father’s lawyer added that the charge of manslaughter was also dropped and that the court considered in its ruling only the charge of “excessive disciplining that resulted in death” against the father.

Such an accusation comes under the domestic law, the lawyer, Mansour Al Khunaizan, told Al Sharq.

Yeah, it wasn’t murder…it was just excessive discipline that resulted in death.  That’s like saying the burglar wasn’t guilty of theft, just of enthusiastic borrowing.

Amid the public furore about the case and claims that Al Gamdi would not be given the punishment he deserved because of his religious status, the Islamic Affairs Ministry said he was not on its official list of Islamic preachers.

He beats his daughter to death and gets to walk?  Yeah, there might be some special treatment there.  And the IAM’s response is that he’s not on their official list of preachers, as if that would justify letting him walk if he were?  poiuasdpfljas;dfnjaspofjsad pfjksa;ldfj!!!!!

And don’t worry: Raif Badawi, the atheist blogger charged with blasphemy, is still behind bars and receiving “excessive discipline” for his “crimes.”

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