Family says sentence by Saudi court too light for dad who abused son

April 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

MEDINA, Saudi Arabia, April 9 (UPI) -- Relatives of a boy abused by his father say the three-month jail sentence given the man by a Saudi court is too lenient.

The father, identified only as a Yemeni research scholar at Medina's Islamic University, was arrested last month, the Saudi Gazette reported Tuesday.

The maternal uncle of the 9-year-old said the father had used a variety of forms of torture on the boy, who has been identified only as Adel.

The child's family can ask an appeals court for a tougher sentence, said attorney Sultan Al-Zahim. Their appeal should include a medical report indicating the injuries inflicted by the father were severe and capable of killing Adel, Al-Zahim said.

The attorney added the mother could apply for custody of Adel and request the court ban the father from visiting his son.

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