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External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris met the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Colombo Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al Jammaz today and discussed the issue concerning the torture of a Sri Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia.

According to the External Affairs Ministry, Minister Pieris had sought the Saudi Ambassador’s intervention in the dispensation of justice to the victim who had 24 nails inserted in her body by her Saudi employer.

The Ministry of External Affairs said it is closely following up on the case of  L. Ariyawathi, and Ambassador Ahamed Jawad, Sri Lanka’s Envoy in Riyadh, on the instructions of the Ministry, is taking up this matter with the Saudi authorities, urging them to secure expeditious investigation and justice for the victim.

A delegation from the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment currently visiting Riyadh, led by its Chairman Kingsely Ranawaka, will assist Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Riyadh in making representations on behalf of Ms. Ariyawathi to the relevant authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the External Affairs Ministry added. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Joseph lee Wednesday, 01 September 2010 06:52 AM

    Minister your a law pandfit - can you justify Mervn Silva's case where he MS argued that Samudir Officer tied hinself to tree to support his cause when many cameramen and jounalist were invited to withness and telcast live. Yet the commiitee found him not guilty...

    Same argument might be applied here- she would have
    done to win the sympatphy of people ( WHICH i DON'T BELIEVE). BuT Saudi's POINT how come she bt respective airline secuirty and the aircraft. by respective airline secuity.

    Bakamoona Wednesday, 01 September 2010 11:31 PM

    1. Saudi officials have refuted claims that a sponsor in Riyadh hammered nails into the body of his Sri Lankan housemaid as punishment, saying the allegations are baseless. “These allegations against the Saudi employer are baseless and the whole episode looks like one big drama,” said Saad Al-Baddah, chairman of the Saudi Arabian National Recruitment Committee (SANARCOM), which is responsible for the recruitment and management of foreign workers in the Kingdom.

    Bakamoona Wednesday, 01 September 2010 11:32 PM

    2. He told Arab News on Wednesday that 49-year-old L.T. Ariyawathi has signed a letter acknowledging her last salary and said that she did not experience any problems with her sponsor before she left Saudi Arabia. Al-Baddah described the torture allegations as a figment of the maid’s imagination, adding that Saudi authorities are wondering how the nails and needles were embedded into her body.

    The maid did not go to the doctors straight from the airport, only after a few days, Al Baddah said. He added that the Saudi sponsor, who is over 60, suffers from heart conditions. “The sponsor’s doctors have advised him to do only 25 percent of his normal work because of his weak heart,” he said. “How can a person in such poor health be able to do a strenuous activity like hammer nails into a woman’s body?” He added that a woman with so many nails inside her could not survive for weeks.

    Bakamoona Wednesday, 01 September 2010 11:32 PM

    3. The Saudi Embassy in Colombo also issued a statement Wednesday casting doubt on Ariyawathi’s claims. “The important factor is that this housemaid cannot pass security checks and sophisticated machines at Riyadh and Colombo International Airports with these metal things inside her body,” an embassy spokesman said.

    Afrar Wednesday, 01 September 2010 07:35 AM

    Still the reply from Saudi Lawyers are pending? This shows their talent? Send a seperate team to audit our representative in Sri lankan Embassy of Saudi Arabia.

    ASHRAFF NAZIM Wednesday, 01 September 2010 09:04 AM

    FINALLY GL PEIRIS HAS COME FORWARD TO SOLVE BUT IT WILL NOT WORK OUT

    Above the crowd Thursday, 02 September 2010 06:25 AM

    I am not a supporter of Saudi Arabia.,but as an intelligent
    person I don't believe a word of what she says.

    spark Wednesday, 01 September 2010 09:34 AM

    Your argument is brilliant. This is basically retirbution to the people and GOSL for all the crime they commit both directly, indirectly and tacitly. Many more retributions to happen.

    Kumar Wijayasekara Wednesday, 01 September 2010 09:52 AM

    He has now joined the jungle law group.

    Dayaratne Saturday, 04 September 2010 11:02 AM

    Two possibilities: Ariyawathie and surgeons are lying OR "sophisticated machines" were not working properly. The latter is likelier.


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