Qatari court sentences US couple to 3 years jail

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A Qatari court has sentenced an American couple charged with starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death to three years in prison and imposed a fine of $4,100.

Matthew and Grace Huang were jailed by Qatari authorities on murder charges in January 2013 following the death of their daughter, Gloria.

The Huangs said she died of medical problems complicated by unusual eating habits, including periods of self-starvation.

Their lawyer, Sami Abu Sheikha, says he will appeal and that the judge did not say what the couple was guilty of. The prosecutor had demanded the death penalty.

Judge Abdullah El-Emedy also ordered the Huangs deported from the Gulf country after serving their sentence.

Matthew Huang told reporters after Thursday's ruling that the charges and the case were "ridiculous."

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