Lawyer says US couple sentenced to jail in Qatar will push to leave country pending appeal

A lawyer for an American couple sentenced to jail in Qatar over charges they starved their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death has vowed to keep pursuing efforts to allow the family to leave the country while their case is appealed.

Attorney Randy Peretti told The Associated Press on Tuesday that members of Matthew and Grace Huang's legal team have filed an intent to appeal the verdict and three-year prison sentence.

The California couple originally faced charges of murder following the death of their daughter, Gloria. They were sentenced on May 27 but Peretti says they only learned that they had been convicted on a lesser child endangerment charge when the official judgment was released last week.

The case has raised questions about possible cultural misunderstandings in the conservative Muslim country.