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Rizana Nafeek executed

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Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek who was on death row on charges of having killed an infant has been executed in Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Ministry said today.

The Saudi Arabian government has gone ahead with her execution despite assurances as late as last week from various diplomatic sources that she would be released. Members of Parliament observed a minute’s silence in Rizana’s memory.

Despite assurances as late as last week from the Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia that she would be released, the Saudi Arabian government went ahead with her execution.

Last Saturday President Mahinda Rajapaksa sent a second appeal to the King of Saudi Arabia seeking her release calling for a deferral of the execution until a settlement was reached between the parents of the deceased and the reconciliation committee negotiating on behalf of the Sri Lankan government.

Nafeek arrived in Saudi Arabia in April 2005 to work in the household of Arabian National Naif Jiziyan Khalaf Al Otaibi. The infant in her care had choked and died while being bottle fed on 25th May, 2005.

She was arrested on the same day of the incident and, according to Saudi Authorities confessed to the killing of the child. However, she later retracted her statement, claiming that her initial confession had been obtained under duress.

In 2007 a three-member panel of judges from the Dawadami High Court headed by Chief Justice Abdullah Al-Rosaimi found Rizana Nafeek guilty of murdering the four-month-old infant. An appeal against the beheading of the accused was filed on behalf of Rizana by a Riyadh-based law firm, later that year. (Dianne Silva)


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-5+158 # T. R. V. 2013-01-09 05:30
Rest in Peace, Rizana.
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-19+92 # Real Peace 2013-01-09 18:55
Yes RIP, Rizana. Saudis had cunningly waited for the right time...
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-97+69 # Yehiya KSA 2013-01-09 18:59
According to Saudi law King no right to given pardon. Only victim or his close relative come to settlement.
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-4+24 # CD 2013-01-10 13:33
Whatever the governing law is inhuman and need to be condemned such brutality. Can't imgaine this type of un civilized countries existing in the world.
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-0+0 # Ane-Mage-Kata 2013-01-12 21:14
According to Saudi law King no right to given pardon.

OH YAH????????

Recently 3 British nurses murdered a colleague
and a few phone calls to the king from British
Prime minister and they (nurses) were back home with
their families within months. 100’s more of these
cases where white skins go Scott free for their
crimes in SA but any poor low class Asian
gets this shit treatment.

Do you know where IDI AMIN of Uganda
Lived for 30 years ? guess where in Saudi Arabia.
Nurtured by the King, haha….
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-6+192 # Elakiri 2013-01-09 05:30
May this be an eye opener for the MEN in this country.
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-26+249 # Rash 2013-01-09 05:30
Where's MR's letter to king of Saudi ? Check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to which king they delivered the letter.
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-18+77 # mamath 2013-01-09 18:08
MR called HE the King also. same as here.
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-57+70 # Panikkiya 2013-01-09 18:49
may be the King did not understand kurahan language and guessed he was asked to expedite the execution.
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-7+23 # Thomas RangerThomas 2013-01-10 10:13
Did MR speak Arabic or did the King HE speak in yako language.
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-21+153 # The Observer 2013-01-09 18:22
This seems to show the influence we have internationally .
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-36+47 # shakir 2013-01-09 21:37
i don't think anything wrong from our GOSL. they did their best. even the SL public tried their best. when it comes to money saudi plays a big roll.
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-2+11 # Capucine 2013-01-10 12:36
The Govt, the embassy and the F.Employment Bureau, slept on it.They all are t fault
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-253+147 # Muhammad 2013-01-09 05:30
Surely we are Allah's and to him we surely return. May Allah bestow her with highest rank and forgiveness.
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-42+206 # Ami 2013-01-09 18:04
Yeah right ! After getting the capital punishment ..what forgiveness you're seeking ???
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-74+39 # kamal 2013-01-09 22:44
Getting the capital punishment doesnt gurantee you paradise....To enter paradise you need the mercy of the merciful all mighty Allah
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-1+2 # sandman 2013-01-10 15:42
If you dont understand the English language please do not comment and look really stupid. Forgiveness from Allah for the deceased is what is meant in this case.Although this is a very sad case, if the deceased would have been a Non-Muslim, then ALL HELL WOULD HAVE BROKEN LOOSE here with all the extremists in FULL ACTION...................................
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-2+4 # man hatton 2013-01-10 15:04
it nothing to do with Allah, where is the living value of mankind?
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-2+0 # sandman 2013-01-10 15:43
What "living value" for Mankind ???? You must be living in another world.....................
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-32+237 # Dee 2013-01-09 16:02
diplomatic blunder.
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-62+272 # Lobo 2013-01-09 16:40
The only blunder is these morons from a supposedly 'Holy City' killing a young girl for no fault of her own. Do these people have no compassion or forgiveness or basic regards for human life?
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-90+67 # Mental Porak ney Oya 2013-01-09 18:08
The fault is of Sri Lankan authorities for not stopping her from going to Saudi Arabia. Saudi applies the law to everyone EQUALLY
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-9+56 # fazly 2013-01-10 07:09
they dont know the value of humane values. only the food women and money play a major role.
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-4+5 # RamUK 2013-01-10 15:04
Fazly I am surprised man.... do you think we know more about human values? they have 'killed' just one we did in hundred and thousand LoL you speaking about human value...
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-45+395 # Nodrog 2013-01-09 16:03
What a barbaric act. So much for MR's much publicized letter to the king of SA. Shows how much regard they have for him.
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-23+214 # Gihan 2013-01-09 16:04
Is it a Slap ????????
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-41+33 # Guru 2013-01-09 21:09
It's not a slap. Unlike in Sri Lanka nothing is above the law in Saudi Arabia. RIP Rizana.
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-114+64 # Ahmad 2013-01-09 17:27
You cannot manipulate laws in Saudi.
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-9+113 # Union 2013-01-09 22:01
Is there a law exist in Saudhi? Then why it does not protect our housemaids in the hands of Saudhi barbarians?
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-0+4 # Prasad 2013-01-10 14:37
Unfortunately, their law seems to apply only for locals in a biased manner....no law for the other people.
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-16+20 # fazly 2013-01-10 07:12
really ?wake up, my dear fellow citizen.
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-0+9 # AM 2013-01-10 12:57
Only for the Americans!!!!
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-7+128 # The Observer 2013-01-09 18:53
How could we stop this outside event when we are unable to stop the extra-judicial executions and physical attacks that happen in our own country?
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-5+240 # JRDW 2013-01-09 16:03
So sad..., may her soul rest in peace. These days we hear all about about Death, Killing, Rape etc. just so depressing. May god bless her soul.
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-18+71 # Lobo 2013-01-09 17:06
Will be interesting to see if the community in SL condone or disapprove of this action?
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-1+0 # sandman 2013-01-10 15:50
If you understand the law in Saudi, then there would NOT be such lop sided views. NO ONE (not even the KING) can PARDON anyone, expect the VICTIM's NEAR ONES. In this case the Baby's MOTHER , INSISTED, that she needed an EXECUTION, so nothing could have been done. Even the KING would be just powerless. And this PARTICULAR LAW is EQUALLY APPLIED TO EVERYONE, Saudis and everyone, there is NO DEVIATION from this LAW under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES IMMATERIAL OF THE STANDING OF THOSE INVOLVED.
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-1+139 # Mancini 2013-01-09 16:03
** rest in peace **
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-12+152 # padma 2013-01-09 16:04
What happened to President’s attempt has nun and dull?
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-36+174 # Lobo 2013-01-09 16:04
Where are the HR watchers? Not much money to be made here so no noise from them all?
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-28+38 # RamUK 2013-01-09 16:52
HR always want to abolish the death penalty but it is up to the countries to adopt them. including the great democratic country like India. This is under their Law so HR need try to remove the law but remember some countries do not like the intervention so HR will choose when they wanted i do not blame them for that.
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-31+27 # Lobo 2013-01-09 17:04
Ramuk, I still believe that if enough money is involved the HR groups will agitate irrespective of whether its a country's law or otherwise. Even if they know they have no chance they will still make a big noise.
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-24+64 # PoliticallyIncorrect 2013-01-09 16:56
HR violations are done only by
a) nations that a poor.
b) the majority ethnic group in the above nations.

any other gross crime is not an HR violation.
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-31+306 # DD 2013-01-09 16:04
Should ban people from going to Saudi
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-10+90 # dhammika herath 2013-01-09 16:41
agree, most repressive regimes in the world, do not forget her execution is similar to impeachment of he CJ
What happened to the people who sent her to KSA? the fake agents
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-28+108 # Ben Hurling 2013-01-09 17:20
Sri Lanka stop at once sending our women to this nation filled with religious fanatics.
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-83+42 # Mental Porak ney Oya 2013-01-09 18:10
She was found guilty of murdering a child... Nothing to do with religion moron... In Sri Lanka justice is not applied for everyone equally but in Saudi is EQUAL to everyone
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-0+0 # hashhhsl 2013-01-10 06:41
Equal to everyone???? Look at this foot licking man talking about equal rights in Saudi A woman can not even go alone in the road! Other religion can not be worshipped!!

A child had died in her custody not murdered!!!
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-5+9 # sando 2013-01-10 13:03
Equal and barbaric. Laws based on religion is superstitious and misguided.
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-6+6 # sando 2013-01-10 12:59
True. They believe that we were created by a man in the sky.
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-3+119 # Maf 2013-01-09 16:38
First find the culprit who send Under age workers and hang him.
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-2+28 # Farzan - Kalutara 2013-01-09 22:09
100% agree with you...
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-1+26 # Amith 2013-01-10 06:48
Why don't we arrange to send the agent's wife as a housemaid to the same house.
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-3+72 # jihad deen 2013-01-09 16:39
may her soul rest in peace
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-26+86 # SusanJ 2013-01-09 16:39
This is a crime against humanity!!! Who will stand up to the mighty US and its allies as they hound SL for human rights abuses when there is a big pile of stink right on their doorstep? This MURDER of an innocent young woman cries to the heavens for justice. Can anyone imagine what those months of waiting for justice would have been like for her? Can you imagine your daughter or son going through those last horrifying moments in the hands of these Saudi Devils? I can't believe this is allowed to happen in this day and age. I am really keen to see how civil society and this government reacts over the next few days to this atrocity!
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-116+26 # Ahmad 2013-01-09 17:29
Nonsense. You do not know what is crime
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-18+63 # Nal 2013-01-09 18:31
Then do you know what crime is? Pls dont become another fanatic....
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-0+3 # gOBBAYA 2013-01-10 13:37
tell me about it?.
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-61+22 # Demahom 2013-01-09 17:54
Hi Sir, how will you feel your servant kill your 4months young kid
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-2+31 # D.P.Liyanage 2013-01-10 06:46
In this case do you think Rezana killed the infant? According to the information published allover, She had not done it deliberately. That was an accident. Rizana was also a child when this was happening. To whom may we blamed?. Please analyse this impartially.
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-77+19 # Mohamed 2013-01-09 18:11
Can u imagine your servant killing your child. You and I cannot judge this situation as we do not know the actual facts. Isn't it better to keep quite then.
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-0+0 # hashhhsl 2013-01-10 06:42
There is something called accident and purposely killing. Has it been proven beyond douby that it was a planned killing????

do you have the court papers and evidence??

Unless otherwise no one can be found guilty unless in bloody saudi!
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-18+89 # Bell 2013-01-09 16:39
I think we should learn a lesson from this rather than just shouting. See the situation of our beloved country? It's battle between legislature & judiciary. This execution says a clear message as no one is above judiciary. Even it can be the king of Saudi. If the victim's parents pardon the person who did the crime, then no one can do anything. In our country they make laws to do their needs, once they are done with it take off the law. Why don't people think rather than barking. I didn't tell what Saudi did is RIGHT or WRONG and I'm not AGAINST Rizana. I wanna say judiciary is above all. We all should obey law. REST IN PEACE.
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-6+96 # Ali 2013-01-09 16:40
Deep condolence for her family on behalf of saudi (Sri Lankan) Expatriates. Likewise, Thousands of thousands prayers for this innocence girl.

Ali From Saudi Arabia.
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-6+140 # Jay 2013-01-09 16:41
RIP young lady. At least now, please pass a rule and stop sending our women to Saudi Arabia. Majority of the sponsors treat our women like animals. Enough is enough.
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-17+6 # Amith 2013-01-10 06:55
How dare you try to meddle in our Foreign exchange income.
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-1+116 # Munas 2013-01-09 16:44
SL Gov. should take severe action against deploying mousemaid to KSA.

we pray to rest her soul in peace.
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-0+45 # shanthi 2013-01-09 16:44
so , sad to hear this , these days we hear killings n murders only . may her soul rest in peace.
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-18+59 # samosa 2013-01-09 16:44
Everyone knows the law of middle-east, still going there and messing up with their law. Do u think they would entertain such requests to pardon a person after his/her conviction? They will never pardon, otherwise every government will start to make such request to get pardons their own people.
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-12+104 # lankaman 2013-01-09 16:48
Ya but USA successfully does this everywhere. If FRizana was a US woman, she would be back home alive with her family
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-0+1 # ramroxta 2013-01-10 14:43
Well said... It is written on thier law which all people are believed to be that the saudi law is equal to all type of citizens who lives and work in saudi. It is not true anymore... Its just not equal to asians folks.
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-19+33 # RamUK 2013-01-09 16:47
RIP ...Riz...No one is above the Law of the Land knowingly or unknowingly hope ppl put you in this place executed as well
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-31+92 # Sareek 2013-01-09 16:49
Childs mother should be executed. according sharia A mother should brest feed her child for two years.
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-1+83 # Worried Citizen 2013-01-09 16:54
May her soul rest in peace!

Was it a diplomatic blunder? Or was it a slap on the Government of Sri Lanka.

Whatever the reason, SL should seriously think of sending maids to Saudi Arabia.

1. The Saudi Government, King didn’t accede to so many requests from the Government of SL including the recent appeal from the President of SL.
2. We have seen various harassment to the maids in Saudi.
3. We have seen so many families breaking, children having to be without their mother at home to see them growing.
4. The impact for the country and the families more than the little benefit for foreign exchange earnings.
5. There should be proper regulations and minimum salary even to migrant workers like imposed by the government of the Philippines
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-7+78 # Fred Wickremasinghe 2013-01-09 16:54
Throughout I prayed to God to spare her life.It is a sad day for me.May she be at rest with the Lord,her creator.
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-45+23 # Mental Porak ney Oya 2013-01-09 18:12
You were praying to the wrong god then
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-3+96 # Game Kolla 2013-01-09 16:55
Please..please...please do not send our women for slavery to this country ...India has banned sending women to middle east.
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-2+54 # Anu 2013-01-09 17:18
Agree with you as citizen of this country. But, do you think our politicians understand or value a life of a human?
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-1+35 # Premalal 2013-01-09 18:16
It will never happen. It is with money sent by these poor slaves that the politicians buy themselves duty free vehicles and other luxuries. Do you think they care what happens to those poor sri-Lankans who slave in those countries facing much abuse?. As long as they can have their goodies the rest of us can go to hell.
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-0+44 # Rick Breeze 2013-01-09 16:55
The point that everyone has missed is that a underage girl was sent to work. Those people concerned should now face the death sentence. Has anyone looked at the plight of the young girl's family in Sri Lanka.
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-1+41 # Thomas 2013-01-09 16:57
May her soul rest in peace. May God give strenth to the parents and family to with stand the shocking news.
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-2+58 # Genuine Citizen 2013-01-09 16:58
the Agent who sent her with fake docs and age should b exceuted tooo..
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-2+41 # kavi 2013-01-09 16:59
While condemning KSA's law enforcement, our government should take harsh action against those responsible for sending this innocent girl as housemaid under false documents. So far no enough action taken against these manpower agencies who sell our people for money.
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-0+37 # Meraya 2013-01-09 16:59
S/l gov must stop sending maids to gulf countries and also send mr.mera silva to be sent there
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-14+33 # ramkumar 2013-01-09 17:01
We can't blame them, b'cause they did according to their law, even if this happen to their own citizen, same punishment. What we can do that in our country we can apply same punishment for those guilty who comes from Saudi, like they do.
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-2+43 # DXB 2013-01-09 17:02
What Action we have taken against the Agent and the Passport department officer who change her age to have the passport ??
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-0+13 # John 2013-01-09 18:33
THIS IS WHAT THE GOVT & MINISTRY SHOULD SERIOUSLY FOLLOW-UP?
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-2+1 # buffaloa citizen 2013-01-10 13:30
Now for this their will be no action, because all are part of the soup. Remember how Karuna went to UK with a false passport which was created by the MOD.
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-14+52 # Sizzler 2013-01-09 17:14
If Rizana is an American or European citizen nothing would have happened. So called Saudi law is applicable only for Asians
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-2+1 # buffaloa citizen 2013-01-10 13:32
You are wrong....they would not dare execute a national from Malaysia, India or Singapore because the leaders of those nations have excellent relationships with UN and powerful nations. The buffoons of our country have connections with notorious nations such as China and Russia.
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-11+25 # jiggy 2013-01-09 17:15
Diya bariya law in action.Another life sacrificed.....
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-2+30 # Zsen 2013-01-09 17:20
poor girl feel so sorry about her !
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-4+115 # Rimzan Hassan 2013-01-09 17:22
I say the government of Sri Lanka must immediately bring in a resolution to ban sending of women as housemaid workers to any middle eastern country.

My dad who once worked in KSA told me that he was given to read and translate a letter from a Saudi National, the letter was sent to a Sri Lankan housemaid working for that Saudi national and the letter was written in Sinhalese, It was written by the sister of the housemaid asking why she had not sent any money home and inquiring whether she was okay. when my dad explained this to the Saudi National he Immediately tore the letter into pieces and went away. as you can see this is the fate of the Sri Lankan women going to work as housemaids in the KSA.
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-35+48 # mohamed asfar 2013-01-09 17:22
may allah bless you jennathul firdouse. ameen. i am sorry for your family but your parents knew very well that they are sending their underage girl to saudi arabia illegally.
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-6+35 # aj 2013-01-09 17:24
Sri lanka govt must stop sending our women to middle east.. In our country every thing have for live. SO STOP THIS. SEE NOW INDIA/PAKISTAN/BANGALI/INDONESIA/THAILAND/ ALL STOP SENDING WOMEN TO MIDDLE EAST. also in colombo there is many local agent in with fraud. govt should take action this agent too.
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-3+60 # N. Bandara 2013-01-09 17:24
Stop sending maids to Saudi Arabia! Bring back all maids from there now!
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-87+12 # Thuwan Siddique 2013-01-09 17:29
Isn't that the right punishment for murder? After all she killed another human being. Think fair.
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-8+34 # Kabi 2013-01-09 18:02
What is the punishment for the executor who executed the Underage Girl Rizana??
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-2+38 # saradiyal 2013-01-09 18:22
Mate, if someone killed another person you can aregue that same punishment should be given, but only after following a due legal process.
However in this case just like many cases involving expats in middle-east, a propper hearing has not taken place. That is where the problem lies.
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-2+58 # FancisFranciscis 2013-01-09 18:26
she did not murder the child but the child choked to death. The mother of the child too must be excited for leaving the child in the hands of an unknown three day old maid which is totally careless and which contributed to the death of the child. Saudis you are a murderous society will you do the same to an American ? We are waiting to see the outcome of the murder charges against an American who killed his Sri Lankan wife some months back.
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-1+24 # Hamlet 2013-01-09 18:32
If she was judged according to the Law she would only be guilty of accidental manslaughter.
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-1+12 # shanthapriya 2013-01-09 18:41
Please read what Rimzan Hassan has said.
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-7+45 # John Fernandez 2013-01-09 17:32
Navi Pillai, where are you?????????????
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-7+23 # Some aiya 2013-01-09 17:35
she is busy, getting ready to bash sri lanka in March.
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-3+10 # Amith 2013-01-10 07:03
She is scared of putting her neck there. ( Be head )
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-3+41 # Askar 2013-01-09 17:32
May soul rest in peace .
full of tears in my eyes when I see this news.
Sharia laws designed specially for expatriates not for SA
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-1+15 # Andy 2013-01-09 17:54
so shocked to hear the news. May her soul rest in peace.
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-8+70 # Mohammed 2013-01-09 17:59
It is appropriate to say Saudi law, not sharia law, sharia law has provision for intention of the person convicted.apart from what saudi has done, have we Muslims forgot about our one of the pillar of the islam that is Zakath (charity), if she would have been given zakath and help from richest people in the community, did she need to go to KSA? I don't think so.people nowadays are ready to spend millions of money to their own daughters wedding at the same time if they are asked to provide small amount of money for poor girl's wedding, very much reluctant to help so.this attitude need to be changed.over all, I feel even we all are responsible for this. May Allah change our attitude to help the needy people
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-2+12 # Paul Albert 2013-01-10 08:19
Youe valuable suggestion is timely , and an eye opener of the society. Lets try our best
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-1+11 # Shan 2013-01-09 17:59
May she Rest In Peace, and the family be consoled.
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-0+9 # Athula 2013-01-09 18:03
This indeed is a very sad moment if she is innocent after all. However, we need to look at preventive action in the future now...e.g. correct the system so that we do not send underage to lookafter babies!!
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-52+29 # Mohamed 2013-01-09 18:05
Shariah law is the most fairest of laws that treats everyone equally. BUT if someone misuses it on an innocent person, They will have to answer to God. Research more on Islam to find out what is Shariah Law.
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-3+18 # Mara Yaka 2013-01-09 18:07
Are we are still proud of being Sri Lankan???
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-0+0 # Shehla arif 2013-01-12 14:20
How can we be proud of being srilankans when thousands of our women work as maids in other countries? Even countries poorer than us have stopped sending their women as housemaids. As someone living in Saudi I know how much they look down upon srilankans. We should stop sending maids and protect our dignity.why go to work in countries that don't respect us?
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-32+9 # antra 2013-01-09 18:08
KSA a place where
Lowest rate of Rape, murders, Thefts. Bcz of the Sharia Law. They never take an action against the victim, if it is 100
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-1+19 # Modaya 2013-01-09 18:08
My say is.. Sl gov is not sending maids forcibaly, the reason why they are goin, Bcz of the horrible economy situation! And the agents, i have seems many young age girls in maradana,they come days and days to go to middle east and earn some money for the family,since they felt thats the only option! Wen its comes to sharia law , it says only the parents can pardon the wrong doer, nor the saudi gov or the king..so pointless shouting at the saudi gov..where it went wrong ! Its the Goverment should know to safe guard the youngsters and make sure they get proper jobs here and every citizen is lived well !! Yu cant change the law.but yu can change yor self ! Its the goverment who enjoys with the billions of forgien currency inflaw !
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-0+14 # jj 2013-01-09 18:08
Foreign Employment agencies that send under aged housemaids should be sevearly dealt with.
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-2+17 # Kottoruwa 2013-01-09 18:08
Diplomut in Saudi should be recalled. How many trips were made by government officers what they achieved? innocent tax payers monies were wasted without any success by these officers.
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-3+11 # Expat Labour 2013-01-09 22:38
Who will be held responsible for the failure to save her life? Her blood will remain in the hands of all Govt officials who were presumably on fun trips to KSA in the pretext of making representations .
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-0+21 # Angel 2013-01-09 18:13
Its a sad day. May she rest in peace and be blessed with heaven in the hereafter! Aameen!

GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA....atleast NOW STOP SENDING HOUSEMAIDS TO ARAB COUNTRIES. There are enough of jobs for them in Sri Lanka. Save and protect our women.
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-0+2 # man hatton 2013-01-10 15:04
SL Govnt should be ashamed of themselves for depending on female workers income as highest foreign revenue for SL,
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-25+12 # kaleel 2013-01-09 18:15
first of all pray for her as our sri lankan sist.
The girl could survived only forgives by blood relations. even king himself cant do decision to stop her execution unless the blood relation of the baby agreed to forgive.now who knows really what happened except god on that time of incident .if my or your child died do you think bros you will sit down and forgive never you need judgment. if you forgive you are greatest person.better do not blame anyone. so our request to our manpower agent & government to stop sending fake passport holders,child housemaids to any countries within immediate affect cause really housemaids are suffering while on working.
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-5+20 # kabi 2013-01-09 23:06
According to you, beheading/separating head and body of innocent underage girl with a sword is the correct punishment? You all belong to the same BARBARIAN world.
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-3+19 # Alex 2013-01-09 18:16
the wonder of Asia, never have been prouder, had a thousands of years great history but never like this time around......wow! the biggest income of this country coming from ass wiping jobs in middle eastern countries.... what a pathetic situation....men send their wives for slavery and they kill time in bars while feeding on alcohol....children go hungry and being raped....This is the reality of an amazing country of ours....."Sri Lanka"
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-13+12 # john 2013-01-09 18:18
RIP sister. At lease there is law in KSA. Where the laws in SL???.
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-24+14 # Sri Lankan 2013-01-09 18:24
This punishment and Sharia law has nothing to do with. Please understand it people. Moreover, one cannot measure Islam by looking at the Arabs or Saudi Arabain rules. Not only Islam, any religion cannot be defined just looking at its followers. Anyway this sought of death has been destined for her. None can go against it. Almighty knows everything
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-17+14 # Athas 2013-01-09 18:25
We all should understand that the law in Saudi is created by Al Saud Dynasty's 'Wahaabi' Sharia Law not the Islamic SHARIA Law.
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-1+12 # pissuballa 2013-01-09 18:26
if you stop sending housemaid to Saudi our four pillars will become beggars so we must enjoy getting there monthly revenue to live happily no matter whoever we must dance the devil
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-6+18 # Fair deal. 2013-01-09 18:26
This show what respect foreign countries have for Sri Lanka & her President .
Sri Lanka is a small insignificant country , however much we imsgine that we could rule the whole world !!!
Facts !! Facts !!! Facrts !!!!
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-2+14 # Blacky 2013-01-09 18:27
Her FE Agent sh.be executed here, in SL.
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-2+21 # udaya 2013-01-09 18:29
RIP Rizna, How many killings happening in Sri Laka on daily, what is the punishment. How drivers killing people on the road what is the punishmint. ...... Dear DM readers shell we gettogether the and help the Rizna's poor family .
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-10+46 # Trehan Munasinghe 2013-01-09 18:29
Message to the Government of Sri Lanka :

Please Please STOP sending our Mothers & Sisters to these barbarian nations and the middle east, yes she was convicted of murder of a child... but even after the President sent a letter they just ignored it...

Develop Sri Lanka make job opportunities especially for women as the ripple effect of women going abroad as ruined this nation and so many families...

Stop wasting money and PLEASE invest in the future of this country... and show those middle east jokers the FINGER !!!

God will take care of the Middle East in his own way...Karma will come around
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-2+12 # piratheep 2013-01-09 18:34
OMG...! poor soul...
it is sad.
i dont think Navi pillai can intervene as its their law.
SL government should have made a better effort rather than fancy news briefs.
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-3+13 # ANTON 2013-01-09 18:36
Sad news, what is the next step MR is gonna take ?
keep quite ?
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-1+25 # CHANDRAPALA 2013-01-09 18:47
Time has come to stage a protest campaign in front of the Saudi Embassy. (Over to you Mr.Wimal)
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-4+21 # Hettiarachchi 2013-01-09 18:47
Where is Wimal Weerawansa? For the smallest thing he issues statements against America and the West. What his stand concerning this murder done by Saudi Arabia murder?
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-3+26 # Minister 2013-01-09 18:51
No civilized society can tolerate this heinous crime. All civilized people must rise against this barbaric act. It was not proved beyond doubt that she killed the baby, but it was said that Saudi Police forced her to sign a statement written in a language she did not understand. All Sri Lankans, irrespective of their ethnic differences must rise against this gruesome murder of an innocent child. Child right activists, please rise against this murder.
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-1+18 # Mason 2013-01-09 18:51
The infant's death was accidental. Rizana being made to pay for it with her life. Saudi is a rich nation with powerful USA as it's ally. Their power makes both answerable to none.
Same is happening in Sri Lanka as for power is concerned.
Those who cry for Rizana should see that our country is not 'executed' for the sake of one power greedy person.
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-2+17 # Shane uk 2013-01-09 18:58
AllI I can say is REST IN PEACE Sister.feels sorry for her family.My point is the whole nation is responsible for this.
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-4+33 # Irshzee 2013-01-09 19:00
Its so sad story, innalillahi wa inna ilaihi Rajiouun! May god bless her soul!
Hey government wake up, make resolution to ban sending women to Middle East Country!
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-0+0 # mm 2013-01-09 19:14
RIP Rizana Nafeek !
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-0+11 # Em 2013-01-09 21:36
This clearly shows whatever our so called DIPLOMUTs shout in front of local media no one give a single concern on them outside.
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-1+11 # Zahran 2013-01-09 21:40
My deepest condolence to their family members. May she rest in peace..
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-6+5 # kalu 2013-01-09 21:42
Rest in pease.please dont ban sending maids to middle east,this is the only revenue we get inbillion of dollers to sri lanka.
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-7+19 # The truth 2013-01-09 21:52
If this punishment was meted in a non Muslim country, all the comments which have been made by Muslims would have been different.
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-0+18 # Dee UK 2013-01-09 21:57
I think Sri Lanka should revisit its policy of sending women as house maids to these uncivilised countries, who behead (murder) 17yr old girls on flimsy one sided circumstantial evidence. So sad. May Rizana RIP.
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-2+19 # J Dan 2013-01-09 22:01
No regard to MR's Letter, It shows how MR is respected. If this was done in a Western country to a Muslim, the local Muslims would have protested in front of the embassy. Now its done by their Islamic brother an. SOOOOO silent.
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-2+22 # Nuzrath Anver 2013-01-09 22:04
Stop the killing our mothers and sisters in Middle East. Ban sending house maid abroad. Most of house maids are suffering a lot.
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-13+8 # S.Sriranjan 2013-01-09 22:08
My Condolences to the Famly. But It's clear that Saudi Arabian Government never interfier in Judiciary System!!!
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-26+11 # gollbullah 2013-01-09 22:23
To Kadim al haramian King abdullah bin abdul aziz and to the father of the deceased child Naif Jiziyan Khalaf Al Otaibi. Indeed u r intention is not for islamic punishment May be this has nothing to do with Holy and noble Islam .Sri lanka does not have wastah like US and UK .These happens with US and UK citizens saudis shiver .Cause what islam for these guys .Anyway Its good for rizanas honor and prestige restoration she has accepted and met her punishment .In the eyes of allah she is pure now .But but definitely this is not in the intention of the saudis . For them I feel this is spitefull revenge .To the government of sri lanka since she is muslim they need not worry .Islamic view point if she has done it its nobler for her to accept the punishment and restore her purity in the eyes of allah
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-3+56 # Plaitha 2013-01-09 22:25
This is Barberic ! What shame ! Reading how the child died,it looks like an accident and the punishment was very very harsh and crude ! These Saudi's who write these rules,have a free for all when they are in the west,Sex,Booze, Gambling but back at home they pretend to be Holier than God !!!

A very Sad day for Sri Lankans !
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-4+47 # Huna 2013-01-09 23:04
i was also shocked to see how many SL Muslims have come here to defend this inhumane act by the Saudis...:(
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-3+26 # Ashwin 2013-01-09 22:38
look @ the house of Rizana. How poor they are and I dont know who is going help her family. Government should compensate some financial help their familiy. Rizana is not the first person get this punishment. Thefore I wish all srilankan women rethink to work as house in otherwords slave and live with liberty.
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-5+29 # Bagalawathie 2013-01-10 07:09
Saudis will never execute a Western white person. But coloured people are fair game. Shame on you Saudi Arabia.
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-1+35 # citzen silva 2013-01-10 08:18
Let's see if they will demo in front of Saudi embassy after Friday prayers?
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-1+11 # ANTON 2013-01-10 08:25
GOSL and specially her parents should accept the full responsibility for sending a thirteen year old girl to SA as a house maid.
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-2+4 # Nihal Amarasekera 2013-01-10 08:35
Oh my god (merciful)! Sin
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-2+8 # Laminate 2013-01-10 08:39
What a Barbaric Act?
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-0+1 # imam 2013-01-10 13:34
@ Trehan Munasinghe - i am a muslim, i fully agree with you
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-1+4 # man hatton 2013-01-10 14:56
SL government should take the full responsibility for sending people to KINGDOM OF ANIMALS.
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-3+2 # willows 2013-01-10 15:08
I have worked there for nearly 20 years and the law is almost 99% equal for everyone, the 1% may be for very very influential persons only, I have seen even Saudis were beheaded even the members of the royal family.
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-0+2 # jobullah 2013-01-10 15:32
Mr willow u r wrong members of the so called royal family is exempted
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-1+2 # Loard hutha 2013-01-10 16:12
Ehy worry about these acts..we have enough killings in our own country...look into those matters rather than trying to be very racist...
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-0+0 # Ahammed 2013-01-13 00:27
Any Asian country should not send their people to this bloody country.
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