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Government deplores the execution

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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.”

 
 

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-1+49 # HK 2013-01-09 22:15
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 !!!
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-3+73 # Ben Hurling 2013-01-09 23:07
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.
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-2+56 # Jackmart 2013-01-09 22:32
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.
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-12+94 # Rala 2013-01-09 22:33
Brutal middle east people..
Shame to entire muslim world
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-2+22 # desilva 2013-01-09 22:56
Another happy person did like the execution of a poor sole!.
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-10+3 # MM 2013-01-10 16:59
I am glad that, there is NO RACISM in Islam. LAW is LAW for all.
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-2+44 # hs 2013-01-09 22:48
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
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-2+13 # jayantha silva 2013-01-10 12:18
Because the govt needs the dollars they send , to finance their giant cabinet , duty free cars , and night races !!
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-7+41 # indian johna 2013-01-09 22:58
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.
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-4+26 # Machan 2013-01-09 23:02
Why not condemn this action. For civilized countries a human life is worth more the billon barrels of oil.
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-1+48 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2013-01-09 23:02
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.
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-18+65 # Machan 2013-01-09 23:04
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.
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-9+9 # Gunapala 2013-01-10 06:56
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.
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-3+24 # frank hilary 2013-01-10 07:12
Ban housemaids to Saudi Arabia immediately.
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-8+28 # hks 2013-01-10 07:13
MYSELF AS A BUDDHIST WAS SADDENED AND SHOCKED TO HEAR ABOUT THIS INCIDENT! HOWEVER, WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT THIS WAS HAPPENED TO A MUSLIM PERSON , AS PER THE MUSLIM LAW, IN A MUSLIM COUNTRY! OVER TO YOU... MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN SRI LANKA!!
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-3+5 # kalu kolla 2013-01-10 09:51
Very true. hks
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-2+10 # savsil 2013-01-10 13:39
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..
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-0+4 # Safi 2013-01-10 19:09
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.
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# Poe 2013-01-11 05:30
Is it necessary to send the females to such places and suffer?
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-0+1 # Muhandiram 2013-01-11 11:45
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?"
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-0+1 # mohamed asfar 2013-01-11 12:32
hks, what is your point ?
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