This family handout picture shows Manal Assi and her husband Mohammad Nhaily. (The Daily Star/HO)
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A judge Thursday recommended the death penalty for a man accused of bludgeoning his wife to death with a pressure cooker, a move lauded by activists as a major step in Lebanon's fight against domestic violence.The indictment is unprecedented in a domestic violence case.In the indictment, the judge wrote that on the day of the murder, Assi and Nhaily engaged in a dispute that turned violent after the husband accused his wife of infidelity.In the indictment, the judge exonerated Hafez's wife, Rania Shahrour, of incitement to murder.During her interrogation, Shahrour said she had phoned Assi and asked her to stop seeing her husband. She told the judge that she learned of the affair after discovering messages exchanged between Assi and Hafez on Hafez's phone. Assi's lawyer was confident that the court would uphold the indictment.
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