AG to visit Saudi to obtain pardon for Rizana

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Attorney General Palitha Fernando will leave for Saudi Arabia soon in a fresh initiative to secure a full pardon for housemaid Rizana Nafeek, who has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, officials said yesterday.

Rizana was sentenced to death by a Saudi Court on the charge of having strangled an infant to death while bottle-feeding it. However, the carrying out of the death sentence was put off on a request made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Saudi king.

She went to Saudi Arabia on May 4, 2005 at the age of 17 for employment as a housemaid. She was sentenced to death on June 16, 2007.

The External Affairs Ministry had decided to send the AG to look into the possibility of securing a full pardon for her.

When asked for a comment, Mr. Fernando said he would be leaving for Saudi Arabia, but the dates were yet to be fixed.

“It is being arranged by the External Affairs Ministry. I will be going. But, the dates have not been finalized yet,” he said.

According to Sharia law of that country, the consent of both the parents of the victim is needed for a full pardon. In addition what’s known as blood money determined by them has to be paid to the parents. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Imran Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:34 AM

    This woman committed an illegal act by killing a Muslim child! If she killed a non-Muslim child then maybe compensation could be given but never for a Muslim child. Sri Lanka must not interfere in other nations internal affairs.

    Fil Munas, M.D. Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:11 AM

    Rizana didn't "strangle" the child. The unfortunate infant died from choking on the feed, probably from a congenital malformation as suggested by a Danish specialist, among others.

    Angel Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:15 AM

    I hope and pray that the AG's visit will be a success unlike all the other visits made by politicians at the cost of public money.

    pol haraka Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:21 AM

    honestly who cares? AG travels to SA to save a life, but how many are being killed in Sri Lanka? Stop whats happening here, the white van, Under world, Merivn World, Malaka world, Duminda world

    Afzal Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:36 AM

    Imran, you are proving yourself as either an ignorant idiot or you have no knowledge of the religion.

    mohamed asfar Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:05 AM

    i hope the parents will forgive rizana and allah will grant them jennathul firdouse. ameen.

    M.A.N. Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:14 AM

    AT THE TIME OF BOTTLE FEEDING BAD TIME HAAS CAUSED RAZIANA TO SUFFER SO MUCH AND HOPE SHE WILL BE RELEASED VERY SOON

    Srimal Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:19 AM

    They can't pardon Rizana???. Is that their Sharia law. Is that what Allah taught to all the muslims? They should pardon the child. She didn't do it purposefully. It's been 5 years this poor girl has been imprisoned. Please pardon her and set an example of the Allah's teadhings.....

    kumisura Thursday, 01 November 2012 11:36 AM

    Fair N Square, Faizal, Imran, I would dearly like to meet people like you to try and understand your point of view, your apparent lack of humanity, your inability to guess what has really happened here, or your utter indifference to it. One fact, alone, that needs to be disputed is that the parents WANTED money so much. Fair N Square should realise that, unfortunately things are not fair and square in life. Millions of people are desperately poor and NEED more money, but have few avenues open to them to obtain it honestly. Far fewer people are rolling in money but still WANT more and more, and go after it by fair means and foul. Rizana's paresnt belong to the first category. The poor have no choices.

    mohamed asfar Friday, 02 November 2012 06:14 AM

    all must understand that this case rests with the parents of the child who must pardon rizana. even the king of saudi arabia is powerless to pardon rizana under sharia law. check how many saudi nationals are executed this year alone. we must send some muslim scholars to saudi arabia and persuade the parents to pardon the girl. this is the only solution. period.

    Jesus Friday, 02 November 2012 06:51 AM

    Never mine thambi right ....just let it go...

    Hong Kong John Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:37 AM

    We hope and pray that the AG's attempts to negotiate will be genuine and not diluted by financial considerations of assistance by Saudi.

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:21 PM

    Which God...? These things are done in the name of God !

    faizal Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:20 PM

    Saudi law is to protect the innocent, Sri lankan law is to protect the criminals. That's why we get criminals as MPs and Ministers.This is enough to explain the matter.

    faizal Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:39 PM

    Dont mislead by writing in muslim name! Now could this comment is not filtered. A non muslim could post like this to create rasism.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:41 PM

    Imran: Your theory is very funny, to say the least. Are you saying that the life of a Muslim is more valuable than a person of any other ethnicity or religion.

    mohamed asfar Friday, 02 November 2012 07:54 AM

    richardson, do you know how many sri lankans working in saudi arabia whose lives are way better than yours ?

    kumar Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:32 PM

    Are you mad? how come it become an internal matter when a foreigner is involved?

    Sanjay Thursday, 01 November 2012 01:45 PM

    How are muslim children different to other children?

    Nimal Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:23 AM

    OMG...........when will this going to end ?

    mohammed fakre Thursday, 01 November 2012 02:17 PM

    Imran your comment brings disgrace to all the Muslims in the world. Convert to Buddhism it suits you well.

    idroos2002 Thursday, 01 November 2012 02:46 PM

    Our muslim ministers should appeal to the saudis to follow the principles of our beloved prophets standard of mercy .If its proved she was a major and committed a crime she should face consequences .If not let her go .This confinement is barbaric

    shalini Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:07 PM

    We dont have any other problem in our country other than protecting a murderer???

    walid Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:00 AM

    folks please pray for rizana I really feel sorry for her.. god bless you.. via DM Android App

    Hussain Thursday, 01 November 2012 06:30 PM

    # Imram. How could you be so crude and unjust? This is an untrained, teen aged village girl put in charge of an infant. The mother of the infant is liable for doing this. Who knows what really happened, I tend to agree with Fil Munas, M.D. comment. above.
    It is immaterial whether the child was muslim or not.. Under sharia one could pay compensation and the parents could pardon this girl. No other law that I know of in the world allows 'blood money' payments.

    Jesus Thursday, 01 November 2012 08:01 PM

    Sanjay...they are different...so many reasons that you won't like to know...???

    trevina Britto Friday, 18 January 2013 06:40 AM

    this as got nothing to do with Ministers supporting criminals,as Faizal comment.This is an Individual person a young girl she is innocent I know the mother values her Child,This as got nothing to do with any religion. In every religion we are taught to 4give,this was Lacking I am so sorry for Rizana being their own kind the parents of the little baby should have 4given this would have been a great Testimony to the Muslim people we love all of u we are all human,I really sorry for the babies Mus as well,BUT this was not don't internationally by this girl I know this girl will b with Jesus. We cannot blame our President,that is the way.

    richardson Friday, 02 November 2012 12:16 AM

    Why do people send their kith and kin to such barbaric countries. If they did not have oil they would be still living in tents made of goat skin, eating goat meat and drinking goat milk

    richardson Friday, 02 November 2012 12:17 AM

    Idi Ameen Idi Ameen

    richardson Friday, 02 November 2012 12:18 AM

    Saudis are cock suckers any way

    Fair N Square Thursday, 01 November 2012 01:25 AM

    Sad case.. but let law prevail..., How many are sentenced to death world over? but who cared? not many and heaps of ppl are put to death. IN USA so many are still being put to death.. and after death many have been found innocent via DNA... Victims taken as hostages are NOT secured by most countries, stating it might be a win to the Hostage takers. This to me is a form of hostage taking....

    Sad nevertheless. The parents who wanted the money so bad NEED to be PUNISHED. They jolly well knew their daughter was underage... PERIOD.

    richardson Friday, 02 November 2012 12:19 AM

    Why don't you go to a corner and Mas.................

    ali Friday, 02 November 2012 12:34 PM

    pls dont talk about sharia law or any law , if you do not know about it.. the law is, "if u murder someone, you too have to be murdered"... isn't it fair? ex: if your son, brother or wife (close relation) is murdered, what do you feel?...
    Coming to the point of rizana, God knows the best.. if she is innocent she has to be forgiven... as it says, the parents of the victim should forgive her.. as a parent of the victim, they must be still having anger.. let God almighty show mercy...

    faizal Thursday, 01 November 2012 01:43 AM

    By this reason every tom and dick make a tour to Saudi. Many lives are lost daily in srilanka but so much is done to prevent rizana in saudi arabia.

    mohamed asfar Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:08 AM

    sirimal, your knowledge about islam and sharia law is so bad just like your English. ask a housemaid who returns from saudi to know better about saudi, sharia and muslims.


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