MR writes to Saudi King

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa requested in writing to the Saudi Arabia King to release Rizana Nafeek who faces death sentence on charges of killing an infant, the Government Information Department said.


President requests Saudi king for the release of Lankan maid Rizana
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested the King of Saudi Arabia to release the Lankan maid  Rizana Nafeek who face faces death sentence in Saudi jail on charges of murdering an infant boy.

Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek was arrested in May 2005 on charges of murdering an infant in her care. She was 17 years old at the time. On 16 June 2007, she was sentenced to death by a court in Dawadmi, a town west of the capital Riyadh. The sentence was subsequently upheld by the Court of Cassation and sent for ratification by the Supreme Judicial Council. However, the Council sent it back to the lower court for further clarification.

The case then went back and forth between the courts until on or around 25 October 2010, when the Supreme Court in Riyadh upheld the death sentence. The case was then sent to the King for ratification of the death sentence; if the King does ratify the death sentence, Rizana Nafeek will be at imminent risk of execution by beheading.On 17th October last year President Mahinda Rajapaksa had met with Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the Asia Corporate Dialogue Summit held in the Kuwait City.

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, is presently the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia, as well as the most senior member of the House of Saud, next to King of Saudi Arabia.

At the bilateral meeting with Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked Saudi Arabia for standing shoulder to shoulder with Sri Lanka in the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council session in March.

Also, they discussed matters connected with the bilateral relationship between Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

Subsequently, Sri Lanka President came up with the subject of Housemaid Rizana Nafeek of Muthur, who has been condemned in Saudi Arabia.

Prince Salman, the Crown Prince who is expected to succeed the King of Saudi Arabia was earlier the Governor of Riyadh and he handled files connected with the Sri Lankan House Maid Rizana Nafeek.

Sri Lankan President took a personal interest in the case of Rizana Nafeek.


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-5+23 # Zaha 2013-01-06 18:33
Happy to read this
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-9+19 # Hiru-Nikan 2013-01-07 08:17
But, are you sure he has not written asking for a loan?.
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-4+25 # Laminate 2013-01-06 18:46
Hope she will back to SL soon.............
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-22+22 # ANTON 2013-01-06 18:59
Suppose that infant belongs to one of yours, what would be the final decision ?
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-6+51 # firoz 2013-01-06 21:55
Valid question but please do a little bit more research before sentencing some one to death. The girl barely knew any arabic , she was not a trained nanny and yet given the critical task of taking care of an infant. She was made to sign a paper in arabic without knowing its content and without a proper translator and that paper happened to be her confession . The baby apparently had died of choking whilst being fed milk , this is a highly sensitive task and not everyone knows that , especially a timid 17 year old in a completely alien country !
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-1+22 # mamath 2013-01-06 19:25
...and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,...
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-5+15 # manelfonseka 2013-01-06 19:40
Is this a second, recent, letter, or just repeated old news?
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-18+34 # Jagath Leanage 2013-01-06 20:41
What a joke. He knows that Rifana Nafeek is going to be released very soon, and even we knows that..So he is trying to get the credit. This is called dirty politics.
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-4+19 # rumi 2013-01-06 21:16
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-4+18 # patriot 2013-01-06 21:16
very good , it should not be a MR's Personal interests , should be official interest
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-16+6 # Curious 2013-01-06 21:28
Spare the criminal but not the victim !
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# shaz 2013-01-07 05:30
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-0+2 # Janaki Kalansuriya 2013-01-07 16:25
Only King to King can communicate. Will our MR be considered?
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-5+1 # rio 2013-01-07 19:15
He is a king - the king who saved our country ,what ever UNP people say !
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-1+5 # Raja 2013-01-07 19:00
Dear Sir, Please extend this kindness towards people inside Sri Lanka especially in the North.
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