Investigative Judge Alaa al-Khatib released a man, Karam al-Bazi, accused of beating his wife Roula Yaacoub to death in a case that has raised an outcry in the country, As-Safir newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The decision stirred anger in the victim’s hometown of Halba in northern Lebanon.
Yaacoub’s family denounced the decision while her mother, Leila, described the event as “a great shame which proves the amount of cronyism in the judiciary.”
“I will not give up on the case under any circumstance, and I will not be silenced until I claim my daughter’s rights,” the mother added.
Roula Yaacoub was allegedly beaten to death by her husband in northern Lebanon, triggering an outpour of criticism from the media and civil society.
Weeks later, a draft law protecting women from domestic violence was approved by a Lebanese parliamentary panel after years of campaigning by rights groups, who welcomed the move as a step forward.