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The Saudi embassy issuing a communiqué said they have suspicions regarding the housemaid who had been inserted with 24 nails by her Saudi employer saying she cannot pass check points without being detected.

The statement said  that there are many doubts regarding this allegation, saying the housemaid cannot pass security check points and sophisticated machines in the airports of Riyadh and Katunayake with the nails in her body.

It also said that the Saudi Ambassador is giving personal attention to this matter and is continuing communication with the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs in Sri Lanka.

L.T Ariywathie underwent a three hour surgery to get the nails removed last Friday and she is now recovering. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • raja Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:43 PM

    They have come-up with a valuable point ...

    Pera Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:48 PM

    The poorest of the poor travel to Saudi Arabia to earn a buck in order to feed their families and not to get nailed!

    ami Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:54 PM

    When you possess small metal articles, the device does detect! But, when you go through a hand-frisk, which is the next step, security cannot detect any substance physically! This concludes the incident and you are allowed to pass through!

    Faqi Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:54 PM

    Yes, just blame the victim. If enough of doubt is created, then the people too will have doubts? Typical Saudi attitude. Maybe the alarm went off and she was bodily searched. A body-search would not have located the embedded nails. In any case the surgeons would know by the growth of scar-tissue how long the nails would have been in her body.

    raja Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:55 PM

    Why not ask Aariyawathi about this metal detector issue ... she knows better than anyone.

    lankan Wednesday, 01 September 2010 07:08 AM

    get back to work guys. seems like lankans are quite free lol

    Wasantha Tuesday, 31 August 2010 01:45 PM

    First, Saudi Authorities should check the devices being installed. This is the first case that was reported and without checking they cannot comment. Best thing is enter 24 nails into the body of the respective employer and ask him to go through the check points. Such an act is not against the Saudi Arabian Law.

    chris abey Tuesday, 31 August 2010 01:50 PM

    Good point.Worth thinking about that before jumping to conclusions.

    Kamiss Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:03 PM

    This shows what the Saudis are trying to do. Simply ignore the whole episode by saying the maid 'self inflicted' the nails. Medical results cannot tell a lie and will give the exact period the objects were inserted, obviously she could not have done it on her own. This may have to be taken up with international bodies to give redress to her.

    Saradial Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:07 PM

    Will those machines detect even small nails? U turn? lets wait and see.

    alistaire Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:10 PM

    Metal detectors dont pick up these metallic objects which such a small signature. You need to have a certain square area of metal to trigger an alarm,

    Such a lame excuse, but rightly to be expected from the saudis.

    local boy Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:14 PM

    middle east - idiots paradise !!

    MJ Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:18 PM

    wait until their Oil runs out - they'll be back to being idiots with lots of sand in their sandals..

    Josh Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:24 PM

    there is a point there too....

    when i was traveling the pin of my diabetics checker was even detected. i wonder how more than 15 nails each around 2 inches or more didnt get detected!!!

    Ibnu Batuta Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:26 PM

    May be you right, but why don't you investigate before coming to conclusion.

    adam Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:29 PM

    Why Sri Lankan fools are queuing up to get employment in this idiots paradise?, The answer is simple
    Sri Lanka - fools paradise !!

    adam Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:31 PM

    It looks like you have never gone outside Sri Lanka, ask some one who have gone through a metal detector if you dont know the use of it.

    david Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:31 PM

    Ok we put the nails in that person and ask him to pass the detectors and to make sure.

    adam Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:34 PM

    So then you can employ saudis as housemaids when Sri Lankan oil come to the market.

    manjula Tuesday, 31 August 2010 02:36 PM

    for some reason, idiots in Saudi Arabia got oil which made them so rich. That's why Sri Lankan maids go there to do jobs for this rich idiots who got rich by doing nothing but selling these naturally occurred oil. If they don't have any oil, Saudi and whole arabia will still be like Afganisthan or a tribal area in Pakisthan. Idiots having power is a worst thing that can happen in this world.

    King Wednesday, 01 September 2010 09:13 AM

    Both parties should be heard. Then only the justice can be arrived. If the maid is firm on her stand she should get justice onher site.

    Wickrama Wednesday, 01 September 2010 09:16 AM

    It is possible that te conniving Saudi Authorities would have taken this maid away from the metal detectors at the airport. Worth investigating.

    ASHRAFF NAZIM Wednesday, 01 September 2010 09:18 AM


    Ganepola Tuesday, 31 August 2010 03:35 PM

    Usual practice is humans go through a manuel check once security system sounds Beep..
    She probably went through this procedure and passed through the gates. No big deal.

    Podi Guru Tuesday, 31 August 2010 03:42 PM

    Metal detectors working or not, by-passed or not, the question remains to be answered: the nails got into her body somehow and they were removed when she returned. Hurling insults at the people in Riyadh, though maybe deserved, also misses the point: Ariyawathie's case must be addressed directly

    mike Tuesday, 31 August 2010 03:48 PM

    your diabetics checker's pin was not inserted to your body right? it was outside, so the detector can detect.

    alex Tuesday, 31 August 2010 03:50 PM

    I think Saudi officials didn't care about these nails in detector as torturing maids is their habit

    Citizen Tuesday, 31 August 2010 03:59 PM

    If Alarm goes on. Then there will be body checkup (palpation) by the security officers. That is the routine. I have gone through with my keys and continue flying after body checkup. Females clothing often contain metal appendages. It is an excuse to escape from crime.

    Ananda Herath Tuesday, 31 August 2010 03:59 PM

    Shut up !

    Killer M Wednesday, 01 September 2010 04:34 AM

    I have had metal plates and 7 screws on my broken ankle and travelled through airports including Heathrow where I was never detected to have impurities of metal in my body... This is so stupid.... Accept your faults Saudi...

    Harfi Wednesday, 01 September 2010 05:22 AM

    A case of Saudi Government protecting its citizens. Shame on that government.

    RW Wednesday, 01 September 2010 05:33 AM

    Hope Ms. Ariyawathie will not give an affidavit to say she inserted nails on her own as a part of a drama.

    Lakshman Wednesday, 01 September 2010 05:37 AM

    I also have some doubt about this. to avoid it she must make a public statement through media to ascertain the truth of it.

    Minister Wednesday, 01 September 2010 05:40 AM

    Naturally they will get that suspicion to their heads as a way to avoid accountability. How she passed the particular points undetected must be answered by the Saudis. She is not so mad as that Saudi lunatic to nail herself.

    kassa Wednesday, 01 September 2010 05:42 AM

    Saudi can say anything for their salvation.But think, Nobody likes to be nailed purposely!!!!

    unl Wednesday, 01 September 2010 05:44 AM

    I don’t agree with you. In the garment factories they use metal detector. They even can detect a small pins.

    suwimal Wednesday, 01 September 2010 05:49 AM

    Of course! A Samurdhi Officer had tied himself to a tree and attempted to put a good minister into difficulty. Similarly, this woman may have driven nails to her own body. What would you say to this argument if raised by Saudi embassy. Not to interfere in our affairs?

    bernard Tuesday, 31 August 2010 06:38 PM

    There are people with metal pins and plates permanently
    attached to their bones who go through detectors and cause alarms to activate, which is normal. Of course the officials would check such passengers first and then let them on board. In this case, too, alarms would have activated, but without anything suspicious to stop her from boarding. Obviously, she was not going to say "I have nails inside." She would have been trying to get out of that miserable place as soon as possible and must have been mortally scared to tell the airport security about the nails, thinking that they might not allow her to leave. If the Saudi Embassy suspects her story, then the suggestion is that she must have inserted the nails herself, after she arrived in Sri Lanka - How absurd is this?

    Mendis Tuesday, 31 August 2010 06:40 PM

    Those who travel frequently would have experienced what security staff at many airports do when the detector beeps. They would do a body check and if nothing is found and especially if the passenger is an elderly women, they would look at each other quite baffled and allow the passenger to go through, ignoring the alarm. I believe that the Ambassador must be aware of this fact, though he wants to jump in to a conclusion, to dismiss the allegation. Anyhow, he should surely knows how his people treat the maids from third world countries.

    Pera Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:04 PM

    The whole world is watching this story - won't be able cover-up with such a statement ...

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