File - Activists from women’s rights group KAFA protest against domestic violence in front of the Parliament in Beirut.
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Local NGO, KAFA Violence & Exploitation, will lead a protest Wednesday to oppose a verdict, issued last week, in a case against a man who beat his wife to death in 2014 . The defendant, Mohammad al-Nhaily, was sentenced to five years in prison after bludgeoning his wife, Manal Assi, to death with a pressure cooker. Taking into account the short judicial year, only nine months, and the time already served since his arrest, Nhaily would be released after 18 months. The verdict drew criticism from civil society organizations. Nhaily was originally indicted for pre-meditated murder, for which the maximum sentence under Article 549 of the penal code is the death penalty.Article 562, which reduced sentences in cases believed to be related to honor killings, was repealed in 2011 .Lebanese judges also need to be convinced that women are entitled the same rights as men.
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