Rizana: Protests may boomerang

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Protest campaigns and demonstrations against the Saudi Arabian Government demanding a pardon for Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek, who has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia may have a negative effect on the release of Rizana, Dr. Kibaya Isthikar, a Sri Lankan who coordinates between Rizana and her family says.

She said the demonstrations may anger the parents of the infant victim and Saudi Arabia, though protestors did so in good faith.

She told that Rizana Nafeek who was sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian High Court for allegedly causing the death of a four-month-old infant in her care did not know that the sentence had been confirmed by the appeal court.

Dr. Kibaya Isthikar hailing from Kandy has been working as a dental surgeon in Saudi Arabia for 10 years. She alone is allowed to regularly visit Rizana in prison.

“I visit Rizana in the Dawadmi prison 400 kilometres away from Riyadh every month. I do my maximum to console her and boost her state of mind”, she said.

Dr. Kibaya said prison officials were kind enough to grant many favours to Rizana.

Everything depends on the parents of the child. Rizana can be saved only if they pardon her. The Sri Lankan embassy in Riyadh has done a lot in the process of securing the release of Rizana, Dr. Kiyaha said.

This is a delicate problem and this should be handled with utmost care, Dr. Kibaya added. (RA)



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  • M.A.N. Tuesday, 19 July 2011 10:15 AM

    it's a goo d thing finally we are going to eat PARIPPU

    xlntgson Tuesday, 19 July 2011 10:23 AM

    Ranjan Ramanayake asks about the whereabouts of the agent who sent the under aged girl with a forged passport, I think, it is not anything to do with party politics!

    sparks Tuesday, 19 July 2011 02:59 AM

    That is what is happening in the north also during these election days.

    sparks Tuesday, 19 July 2011 02:59 AM

    He is mooooing away.

    sparks Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:07 AM

    Yeah, like what we saw on Channel 4 video.

    upulkarupul Tuesday, 19 July 2011 03:25 AM

    Ranjan does not how to address an issue.

    summa Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:21 AM

    may be ..better do that in some other place..and not infront of Saudi embassy

    johan Tuesday, 19 July 2011 03:39 AM

    Our people are very clever in holding placards and
    raising flags.What to do politicians have taught
    them well. They do not know how to justify
    and act according to circumstances

    Cham Tuesday, 19 July 2011 03:44 AM

    Those Saudi people are barbarians. They dont know what is right and what is wrong. Shame on them

    backstreet boy Tuesday, 19 July 2011 04:19 AM

    when they choose political science they get a Degree in Public Protest after A/L's...so what do you expect.

    Nadee Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:13 AM

    we are happy about you doctor,God wil protect both of you

    Nadee Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:10 AM

    we are so proud of you Dr;

    sandman Tuesday, 19 July 2011 06:44 AM

    Cham : why then do you send your mothers, sisters, Aunties and daughters to these barbarians ?

    Banda Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:03 AM

    You are right Dr. most of the issues can be settled through diplomacy. But in Sri Lanka people are taught to act like that by the polticco

    Gayan Monday, 18 July 2011 03:27 PM

    Whats more Ranjan knows this.

    Bumba Monday, 18 July 2011 03:42 PM

    So we stay indoors to keep the barbarians happy.

    pottuvilan Monday, 18 July 2011 03:50 PM

    Dear doctor we are proud of you for you personal effort to do so,we salute for you,keep it up.

    uglytruth Monday, 18 July 2011 04:21 PM

    Whats our PM's idea on this..?

    R Tuesday, 19 July 2011 07:46 AM

    Isn't there a system of blood money in those countries. Cant we just pay the parents and get the girl released. Considering how public money is spent in SL that should not be a big deal.

    faqi Monday, 18 July 2011 10:23 PM

    Agree totally with what Dr. Kibaya. Public demonstrations in front of the Saudi Embassy will only inflame the situation. Quiet diplomacy is the only way to handle this situation.

    the undertaker Monday, 18 July 2011 11:56 PM

    DEAR DOCTOR, MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR UNTIRING EFFORT -BUT WE KNOW HER FATE IS IN GODS HAND

    Appu Tuesday, 19 July 2011 12:58 AM

    Sri Lankans only know how to protest for everything regardless of the reason or outcome!


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