Government deplores the execution

2013-01-09 16:33:40

The Sri Lankan government and President Mahinda Rajapaksa today deplored the execution of Miss Rizana Nafeek despite all efforts at the highest level of the government and the outcry of the people locally and internationally over the death sentence of a juvenile housemaid.

Issuing a statement the External Affairs Ministry said:

“It has been confirmed that Miss Rizana Nafeek was beheaded by Saudi authorities this morning at Dawadmy, Saudi Arabia.

The Sri Lankan housemaid was employed for less than 6 weeks in 2005 when she was charged by her Saudi employer for allegedly killing their infant while she was bottle feeding and thereafter sentenced to death in the year 2007.  

The Government of Sri Lanka arranged for an appeal against the death sentence with the assistance of the Asian Human Rights Organization based in Hong Kong but the Superior Court of Saudi Arabia reconfirmed the death sentence.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a personal appeal on two occasions immediately after the confirmation of the death sentence and a few days ago to stop the execution and grant pardon to Miss Rizana Nafeek.

The Government of Sri Lanka pursued all avenues to have Miss Rizana Nafeek released from the death row and sent several Ministerial delegations that included the recent visits of Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, Dilan Perera, the delegation led by Governor of Western Province, Alawi Moulana, religious leaders and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare and the Ministry of External Affairs.  The Government of Sri Lanka had also arranged for the parents of Miss Nafeek to visit Saudi Arabia twice in 2008 and 2011 to see their daughter and also to perform Umra to pray for her release.

President Rajapaksa and the Government of Sri Lanka deplore the execution of Miss Rizana Nafeek despite all efforts at the highest level of the government and the outcry of the people locally and internationally over the death sentence of a juvenile housemaid.

President Rajapaksa and the Government of Sri Lanka convey their deepest condolences to the bereaved family and join the people of Sri Lanka who sympathize with the bereaved family on the loss of the life of Rizana.”

  Comments - 21

  • HK Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:45

    People pay tax for nothing when they fly for forgn employment which it cost more than there salary !! Please don't concentrate tax ! Also seek more investigation before sending Specialy woman's for abroad as house maid ! Passport birth certificate also age !!!

    Reply : 1       49

    Ben Hurling Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:37

    Stop sending impoverished Sri Lankan women to be treated like slaves in Saudi Arabia. Despite their fake spiritual, religious outlook. Saudi Arabia functions according to a stone age legal system. Further, Sri Lankan officials and politicians charged with trying this young girl were totally incompetent. As we can all see now. They are partly to be blamed. We let Rizana down. May she rest in peace.

    Reply : 3       73

    Jackmart Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:02

    Sad story. Please legalise that Srilankan women cannot go for employment to the gulf, and streamline housemaid services within Srilanka. Locally we have a huge demand for maids. With minimum salary and regulated emplyment terms our women needn't leave our shores for employment.

    Reply : 2       56

    Rala Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:03

    Brutal middle east people..
    Shame to entire muslim world

    Reply : 12       94

    desilva Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:26

    Another happy person did like the execution of a poor sole!.

    Reply : 2       22

    MM Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:29

    I am glad that, there is NO RACISM in Islam. LAW is LAW for all.

    Reply : 10       3

    hs Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:18

    why srilanka should send women to be abused.sexually molested.physically tortured and as modern slavery.let srilanka ban women going as domestic help keep its dignity and pride

    Reply : 2       44

    jayantha silva Thursday, 10 January 2013 06:48

    Because the govt needs the dollars they send , to finance their giant cabinet , duty free cars , and night races !!

    Reply : 2       13

    indian johna Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:28

    How can you legalise anything in Lanka ? the agent who sent her is out on bail and may be still sending women, LAW is LAW in Saudi Arabia. Let's put Sri Lanka in order first.

    Reply : 7       41

    Machan Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:32

    Why not condemn this action. For civilized countries a human life is worth more the billon barrels of oil.

    Reply : 4       26

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:32

    If each and every father, mother, brother and husband make up their minds firmly never to send their female relatives to this sort of barbaric countries, then this problem is easily solved without government involvement. Is the life of your beloved family member more valuable than a few dollars earned by undergoing severe hardships and abuse.

    Reply : 1       48

    Machan Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:34

    These brutal middle eastern people are a curse to the whole world. It is due to the primitive religious practices. These countries need to be isolated from the rest of the world.

    Reply : 18       65

    Gunapala Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:26

    Extra Judicial executions happen in in Sri Lanka too with the approval of some of the authorities.There is no difference in all these killings.

    Reply : 9       9

    frank hilary Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:42

    Ban housemaids to Saudi Arabia immediately.

    Reply : 3       24

    hks Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:43


    Reply : 8       28

    kalu kolla Thursday, 10 January 2013 04:21

    Very true. hks

    Reply : 3       5

    savsil Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:09

    its a choice of soverign nation to implement the rule of their law primitive or otherwise.. On one side in our country numerous murderous terrorist walk scott free without any remorse or guilt, been protected by the very people they tried to kill.. then how can we point fingers at another nation for implmenting the 'law' be it primitive or not.. what can muslims in sri lanka do about that ?
    Majority of the govt is sinhala buddhist, but I don't see anyone pointing fingers at religion or race for the calamity the country is in.. so lets not point fingers at loca communities..

    Reply : 2       10

    Safi Thursday, 10 January 2013 13:39

    It's not about religion, it's about justice and the flawed sharia system. Had she been given a fair trial, she will have access to defense. All in all Sri Lanka should stop sending her daughters abroad for much needed foreign remittance. If such is needed let the men, be men and go and not let their womenfolk subjected to untold torture.Period.

    Reply : 0       4

    Poe Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00

    Is it necessary to send the females to such places and suffer? via DM iPad app

    Reply : 0       0

    Muhandiram Friday, 11 January 2013 06:15

    Did the Government issue its condemnation on the following basis?

    "In Sri Lanka, murderers who kill in broad day light are either NOT caught/charged or released without charge for lack of evidence, if they happen to be "our men". So. we have No need for the death penalty". Why not follow our example?"

    Reply : 0       1

    mohamed asfar Friday, 11 January 2013 07:02

    hks, what is your point ?

    Reply : 0       1

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