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3 December 2015 01:30 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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No Sri Lankan is among the fifty people convicted over various offences in Saudi Arabia and whose punishments have been scheduled to be carried out tomorrow, Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala said.

A Sri Lankan maid was sentenced to be stoned to death after being found guilty of having a clandestine affair with an unmarried Sri Lankan in Saudi Arabia. The man was ordered 100 lashes.

Meanwhile, speculation is rife that the death sentence meted out to the Sri Lankan woman would be carried out tomorrow.

The minister said according to Sri Lankan Embassy sources in Saudi, the sentences on a group of 50 convicted people from various foreign countries had been scheduled for tomorrow, but that no Sri Lankans were among them.

“We have informed the Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia to inform us the date fixed for the carrying out of the sentence on the Sri Lankan. Media reports said the punishment will take place tomorrow. When I asked the officials, they said they were not aware of a Sri Lankan scheduled for punishment,” she said.

Speaking about the appeal made by the Sri Lankan government to the Riyad Court requesting to reconsider the sentence given to the woman, the minister said the Riyad Court had not responded to our request yet.

However, she said they could only make a request to be more lenient on the Sri Lankan housemaid.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had an urgent meeting yesterday with the Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Colombo at the Parliament complex to express the government's concern on the reported judgment of the Riyad Court that a Sri Lankan woman was sentenced to be stoned to death on the charge of adultery.

While seeking the indulgence of the Saudi Government, the Minister requested for sympathetic consideration in respect of the accused.

According to Foreign Employment Bureau records, 10 Sri Lankans (8 males and 2 females) had been sentenced to death in several countries including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. (Piyumi Fonseka)
 
A group of people had seen protesting in front of the United Nations head office Colombo against the Saudi government over the Sri Lankan woman who was sentenced to be stoned to death.- Video by Indika Sri Aravinda

  Comments - 6

  • Lanka Friday, 04 December 2015 03:25 PM

    Very soon we will have this type of punishment in East lanka. .

    tao selvan Friday, 04 December 2015 03:43 PM

    Lets go stone the saudi embassy. like the good book says.. and eye for an eye ;)

    Vernon Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:08 PM

    Does Sri Lanka change the judgement given by SL court to a foreigner, just because that foreign government makes a request for pardon? If not what justification do we have to request a foreign government to do so?

    ANTON Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:39 PM

    WHY DONT SO CALLED UNHRC STOP THIS TYPE OF INHUMAN PUNISHMENTS, ......... BECAUSE OF CRUDE OIL ???

    jury Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:57 PM

    well said Vernon via DM Android App

    kondaya77 Thursday, 03 December 2015 11:16 PM

    All those with no sin may cast the first stone. But these are uncivilized stone age people,believing in a murderous religion.


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