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The European Union expressed dismay that Saudi Arabia had beheaded a young Sri Lankan domestic helper convicted of murdering her employer's baby, despite repeated appeals for a stay of execution. She was a Muslim.

“I am deeply dismayed by the information that Sri Lankan national Ms Rizana Nafeek was executed,'' EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

“On numerous occasions, the EU had called for the execution to be commuted and had asked the authorities to exercise all their powers in order to grant her relief from the death penalty,'' Ashton said.

The helper “was most probably a minor at the time of the crime,'' she added.

Nafeek was executed yesterday after she was found guilty of smothering the baby following an argument with the child's mother, her employer, the Saudi interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

Human rights groups said Nafeek was 17 at the time of the offense and that Saudi Arabia was one of just three countries in the world to impose the death penalty for crimes committed as a minor.

“I recognize the serious nature of the crime involved and express my sincere sympathy to the family of the victim. However, I do not believe that their loss has been mitigated by Nafeek's death,'' Ashton said. “The EU opposes the use of capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances and calls for a global moratorium as a first step towards its universal abolition. Capital punishment represents an irreversible loss of human life.’’(DS)

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Juba ! Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:51
I still feel our politico's did not do enough to save her. This happened in 2005 /7? why did we wait till 2012 to sort things out? Either way, the act is pure barbaric.
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Arachchi Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:19
true..even parents of the girl wanted to visit her in prison..that also not became a reality...
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philip Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:26
Only talk, no one will dare to go beyond this against Middle East oil rich countries including the US and EU countries, what can you expect from a poor country like Sri Lanka to do in the present context.
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Lalith Wije Thursday, 10 January 2013 13:11
Only shock? Why not report it to UNHRC? They will never
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Siva Sivanesan Thursday, 10 January 2013 13:18
HE President must recall, all women working as maids overseas immediately.
Our women dont have to work like slaves in other countries and get killed.
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mims Thursday, 10 January 2013 16:56
And you think what the EU could not do we poor mortals would
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ICCStats Friday, 11 January 2013 03:37
EU don;'t care, SL gov don't care at the end of the day no one cares.
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Cabeela Friday, 11 January 2013 06:51
I think its all too late ... The poor lass if far gone to a better place ... Through this hope any developed countries dont have to go through such embaresement ... After all we r all human and eventually god will out u in the right places u have to be . In relards to srilanka earning its 6 billion from foriegn revenue ... There is a big hole in the juditial system in srilanka . But in terms of fashion , edeucation , media , tech srilanka is well versed ... So why not use these resources efficiantly ? ?
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fernando Friday, 11 January 2013 08:01
Eu must stop exporting military eqment tosaudi arabia. Saudi want military tanks from Germany. they must not export any kind of military goods
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Devinda Friday, 11 January 2013 08:36
An eye for an eye? Trying to comprehend what Rezana's beheading achieves for the victims family and Saudi's in general. Evidence showed that in all probability it was an accident that caused the babies death yet the mother wanted revenge. She nor her family could not comprehend that they were destroying another life just for their satisfaction! Isn't religion supposed to be compassionate?
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Gamarala Friday, 11 January 2013 13:07
Why hold post mortem now after the fact? The question now is to stop sending our women to Saudi Arabia as maids (slaves). They have archaic primitive laws going back to the 7th century. They have not kept up with the times. They have this notion that a god gave them these laws and that whole country is a cell pool of horrid practices, restrictions, limitations, regulations all for the purpose of controlling the gullible masses to keep them like chattel with no rights.
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