Rizana death sentence suspended

7 December 2010 09:37 am - 55     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The death sentenced given to Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek has been suspended by the Saudi King after a clemency request was sent by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of foreign Employment and Welfare Dilan Perera said.

The Minister added that the Saudi King was unable to pardon Rizana Nafeek under Shari law and that a pardon could only be done by the parents of the infant who died after blood money was paid.

He added that the government was willing to pay blood money for Rizana’s pardon. (KB/YP)

  Comments - 55

  • Ramzeel Tuesday, 07 December 2010 09:47 AM

    A death sentence can be suspended but not the sentencing of the General. This is five star democracy of Sri Lanka.

    Hambawa Tuesday, 07 December 2010 09:52 AM

    well done president.. your attempt worked..u r our hero

    xlntgson Tuesday, 07 December 2010 09:53 AM

    All praise to Allah, the most merciful, the most beneficent!

    rushdy Tuesday, 07 December 2010 06:31 PM

    thanks for every one who did there part for on this... well done all

    hb Tuesday, 07 December 2010 09:57 AM

    Many thanks to everybody who took the effort to save Rizana. Lets all pray now that she will be sent back home.

    padma Tuesday, 07 December 2010 09:57 AM


    Fayad Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:02 AM

    Great news for the poor parents of Rizana & for sri lanka
    MR you are a true patriotic leader in all means

    Aruna Tuesday, 07 December 2010 07:22 PM

    Goody !

    lankaputha Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:06 AM

    Blood money to be paid, please understand it is not Bloody money to be paid.

    shanthapriya Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:08 AM


    David Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:11 AM

    what Allah got to do here ?

    Fayad Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:14 AM

    utter irrelevant comment. be happy as a human bean a innocent life has been saved.

    micky Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:16 AM

    Thanx MR, Thanx Saudi King

    Fayad Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:21 AM

    There will be enough & more well wishers willing to pay the blood money DM can take this campaign forward.
    sake of this poor girl.

    No Return Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:23 AM

    Thank You Amnesty International... Let the others use it as a PR stunt for undue benifit but the world knows who lobbied the most without expecting anything in return.

    hb Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:25 AM

    It was the same for me. Thoughts about her plight came to my mind many times every day. And each time i felt so helpless and prayed for her.

    nihal Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:26 AM

    Then Prince Charl's request turn down?

    M.R.Percige_Putha Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:26 AM

    Good achievement after a great debacle.Please use this to cover up.

    demon Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:28 AM

    people like you "david" will not understand even someone tries to explain it...

    God is Everywhere...respect even if you don't believe...

    sarath puta Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:32 AM

    david allah put kind ness in the saudi kings heart . hope he puts kindness in KING MR 's heart

    Bernard Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:34 AM

    I know the others who contacted the Saudi King for a pardon
    for this girl for everyones infomation MR is a small fish.

    shanthi Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:43 AM

    many , many thanks to every body including our president HE. MR

    Ross Milan Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:56 PM

    Mervin will be at the Airport to garland her.

    Mohamed Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:46 AM

    Our sincere thank to our Honorable President, Saudi King and all who were involved in this process.

    Nihal Fernando Wednesday, 08 December 2010 01:20 AM


    Exactly correct you are.

    ajith Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:06 AM

    That money will not last so long.
    Will give more misery to them.

    Farshard Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:10 AM

    allah is great and thanks for all who are work hard in this reagard.


    Seyed Wednesday, 08 December 2010 10:04 AM

    Heh guys..Lets not get too excited, its only suspended.

    jsrule Wednesday, 08 December 2010 02:23 AM

    David stop your hypcrasy, god is evry where

    KBLSK Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:22 AM

    Hello Ramzeel, think twice before you write...Saudi King did not sentence your General.

    Stewart Sloan Wednesday, 08 December 2010 02:26 AM

    Local and international aid agencies worked for four years for this result and Mahinda takes the credit????????

    gawee Wednesday, 08 December 2010 02:33 AM

    Every good is because of me and my party but the bad because of others; Motto of politicoes in power

    ind Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:49 AM

    Yes, it was sometime back.

    ind Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:50 AM

    Yes, he didn't do anything. Otherwise MR doesn't have to interfere.

    sam Wednesday, 08 December 2010 03:44 AM


    Common Man Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:51 AM

    One time pardon, make sure to prevent this kind of acts. in the future. (Prevention is better than begging for pardon)

    Mohamed Naushad Wednesday, 08 December 2010 04:11 AM

    Really this is very great news for everyone us,we waited this good news very long times!

    Many congrulation to Rizana nafeek family!


    knight Rider Tuesday, 07 December 2010 12:04 PM

    Positive thinking always brings positive results.

    Saradial Wednesday, 08 December 2010 04:34 AM

    Its usual! Don't worry

    tgte Tuesday, 07 December 2010 01:10 PM

    Hopefully they will send this girl back to lanka..

    bada Tuesday, 07 December 2010 01:18 PM

    it's none of your business lol

    Ran Tuesday, 07 December 2010 01:32 PM

    Is not it strange that Allah waited all this time until the file went up to the king !!!

    Ran Tuesday, 07 December 2010 01:37 PM

    Sarath, Why did not allh put kindness in others hearts ? say the Judge or the parents who are unwilling to pardon?

    Gamini Tuesday, 07 December 2010 02:21 PM

    Happy with tears.
    Thank you your majesty king of Saudi Arabia.
    Thank you & Thank you again again.
    Your excellency president If not for your request,perhaps this wouldn't have happened. We salute your excellency President too.
    May long live our beloved President.
    If it is the wish of our Muslim brothers, I Thank God Allah too.
    A heart felt problem I suffer is now over. I am very happy.

    Desertman Wednesday, 08 December 2010 06:43 AM

    It took time because
    1)The King has to follow the laws as well.
    2) The parents will feel for the lost child and takes time to heal and show mercy.
    3) Its God who changes the heart of a person.
    4) How soon prayers are answered by God depends on how good the person who is asking from God

    channa Tuesday, 07 December 2010 02:59 PM

    Yeah well Done MR......

    nagu Tuesday, 07 December 2010 03:00 PM

    Completely agreed with shanthapriya.....SF sentence was light compared to the disgrace he bought to the country.....

    John Doe Tuesday, 07 December 2010 03:17 PM

    Ramzeel how can you even compare the two situations!? The General is still alive isn't he? utter utter nonsense!

    micky Tuesday, 07 December 2010 03:19 PM

    Happy ending

    raju Tuesday, 07 December 2010 04:20 PM

    Good Quote da my friend....

    siva Tuesday, 07 December 2010 04:22 PM

    once again MR made the difference. if not for him this girl dead by now. a true leader who cares for his people. our support always with MR!!!

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