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Wife beater sentenced to 9 months in prison

This YouTube video grab shows Tamara Harisi at Beirut’s Al-Zahraa Hospital after she was brutally attacked by her husband.

BEIRUT: A court sentenced Hussein Fatouni to nine months in prison Tuesday after convicting him of beating his wife, Tamara Harisi, according to Lebanese women’s rights organization KAFA (Enough Violence and Exploitation).

Kafa tweeted that Fatouni, 30, was also fined LL20 million.

Media reports had said that Fatouni brutally attacked Harisi, 22, on June 7, leaving bruises all over her face and body. He then sent a text message to her family asking them to come and “pick her up dead or alive.”

Harisi’s sister had told LBCI TV that it was not the first time that Tamara was physically abused. She said Fatouni had beaten his wife on several occasions before and even locked her up in the house one time and attempted to burn her alive.

In April, Lebanon passed a law aimed at protecting women from domestic violence. The law was first enforced last month when a husband who had allegedly been abusing his wife for over a year was detained.

 

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