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Man accused of beating wife to death doesn't outrage Lebanon officials, but a nude skier does

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A Lebanese woman was allegedly beaten to death by her husband on Friday, yet officials have been slow to assist the woman's family.

Meanwhile, a three-year-old topless video of Lebanese Olympic Skier Jacky Chamoun was dug up and prompted a swift backlash from members of the government.

Lebanon's Sports and Youth Minister Faisal Karameh has even ordered an investigation into the matter, asking the head of Lebanon's Olympic Committee to look into the scandal and ensure “the protection of Lebanon's reputation.”

The call for an investigation came just one day after the video surfaced.

In response to all the publicity the video and corresponding photos received, Chamoun issued an official apology to her country.

“I want to apologize to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the Image that reflects our culture,” Chamoun said. “I fully understand if you want to criticize this.”

But as swift as the backlash was for Chamoun’s three-year-old video, no such outrage from Lebanese officials came for Manal Assi, who was allegedly bludgeoned to death by her husband last week.

Assi’s husband, Mohammad al Nhaily, apparently beat her to death with a pressure cooker after an argument.

Relatives and neighbors claim Nhaily called them to “get their daughter” as he was attacking her.

“He had a recording of the Quran being read aloud when my grandmother and aunt got to the house,” Assi’s 15-year-old daughter, Tala al Nhaily, said.

Tala was at school when the incident occurred, however.

One neighbor said Mohammad al Nhaily threatened to shoot anyone who interfered in the argument. Another said that Assi was just 15 when Mohammad al Nhaily proposed, although it was not an arranged marriage.

Mohammad al Nhaily also had a second wife, whom he took – along with their child and his parents – away from the home after Assi’s death.

With all that, very few Lebanese politicians have weighed in, the most significant of which has been former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

“The killing of any human being is a crime and is unacceptable, and must be punished by the law, especially when it is a murder of a woman by her husband in front of her family and in such an ugly way,” Siniora said.

A bill to prevent family violence has been stalled in Lebanon’s parliament since July 2013.

Sure would be nice if Lebanese officials were as concerned with human life as they are with topless skiers.

H/t Jenan Moussa

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