Scholar held for torturing child to death


A well-known Saud scholar is facing charges of torturing his five-year-old daughter to death with the help of his new wife by using sticks and hot metals.

The Saudi Arabic language daily Alyoum did not identify the scholar but said he often appears on a local satellite TV channel.

The paper said his daughter Lama died in hospital a few days ago after spending several weeks suffering from broken arms, skull fracture and head bruises.

It quoted the girl’s mother as saying her daughter had been systematically tortured by her father and his new wife before she was admitted to hospital in a serious case.

“I appeal for the authorities and human rights groups to support my quest to have my ex-husband and his wife executed for murdering her daughter,” the mother told the paper at her house in the capital Riyadh.


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