A Lebanese man charged with beating his wife has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined about $13,000, a monitoring group said Tuesday.
Rights group Kafa said Hussein Fatouni received the sentence after nearly killing his wife, Tamar Harisi, earlier this month.
The 22-year-old victim is still recovering at a Beirut hospital from the brutal June 7 beating when Fatouni left his wife’s face and body covered in bruises.
According to an LBCI TV interview with the victim’s family, Harisi’s sister said that Fatouni had beaten his wife multiple times before the latest attack, including an incident where he tried to burn her to death.
An appeal by Fatouni’s lawyers urging his release on the basis that he was innocent of the crimes he had been accused of was posted to Kafa’s Facebook page on Saturday.
The appeal also said that Fatouni, who had been held in custody for three weeks, could not withstand the conditions because “he was the only caretaker of his three children, and he suffered from asthma.”
Lebanese parliament in April approved a law criminalizing domestic violence due to pressure by activists.
But Kafa, Human Rights Watch and other groups say the new law does not go far enough, as it still leaves women at risk to marital rape, and does not specify domestic abuse as a crime committed against women.