Religious scholar accused of torturing his five-year-old daughter to death

FAIHAN al Gameri, described as “a prominent religious scholar” in Saudi Arabia, has been detained by Saudi authorities after he allegedly  tortured his  daughter, Lamaa, to death, using whips, electric shocks and a hot iron.

Al Gameri is reported to be a former drug addict who appeared on satellite television programmes telling stories of his repentance.

Lamaa, victim of a ‘religious scholar’

According to this report, Lamaa died in hospital in the capital Riyadh a few days ago from an internal haemorrhage caused by a fracture to the skull. She also had other injuries resulting from her father beating her, including burns from a hot iron, broken arms and head bruises.

Lamaa’s mother, who has not been named, said the abuse had been taking place for eight months because:

He had suspicions about his daughter’s behaviour.

The couple were divorced and the mother said they had an “agreement” regarding Lamaa’s custody. Gameri had taken his daughter for two weeks but never returned her.

In April, her mother then received a call from the public prosecutor in Hotat Bani Tamim asking her to go to the Shamisi Hospital. The mother said:

He used all sorts of torture and abuse against Lamaa. I was shocked and could not believe what happened to Lamaa when I saw her. I could not believe that is no mercy in people’s hearts.

When she asked her former husband why he had tortured their daughter, he replied with a “chuckle only”.

According to Emirates 24/7, Gameri’s new wife helped to torture and kill the child.

It also reports that Lamaa’s mother told Al Youm:

I appeal for the authorities and human rights groups to support my quest to have my ex-husband and his wife executed for murdering my daughter.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn