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Although Nimer sits in a Zahle prison, a case in criminal court has yet to be opened, and an official sentence has not been handed down.With the case unopened, The Daily Star is unable to provide further details surrounding the murder.According to experts, the road to justice for the family is complicated by two issues: systemic insensitivity to cases of gender-based violence, as demonstrated by previous cases, and Lebanon's notoriously slow legal system.A SYSTEM SYMPATHIZING WITH ABUSERS?In a 2011 report for KAFA, an NGO combating violence against women, titled "Cases of Femicide before Lebanese Courts," the author Azza Baydoun tallied 66 cases of femicide from 1991 to 2007 .Out of the 66 defendants, nearly half were sentenced to 10 years or less behind bars.Baydoun's report, the most recent quantitative review on femicide in Lebanon, found that in 47 percent of the cases reviewed, the judge had included Articles 252, 253 and 193 in handing down their verdict.Youmna Makhlouf, a lawyer with judicial NGO The Legal Agenda who specializes in gender-based-violence cases, highlighted examples of judges accepting that the abnormal "emotional state" of a defendant was cause to decrease a sentence.There, Nhaily was sentenced to 18 years in a "breakthrough" ruling.
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