Rizana Nafeek executed

2013-01-09 10:28:48

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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  Comments - 163

  • T. R. V. Wednesday, 9 January 2013 00:00

    Rest in Peace, Rizana. via DM Android App

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    Real Peace Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:25

    Yes RIP, Rizana. Saudis had cunningly waited for the right time...

    Reply : 19       92

    Yehiya KSA Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:29

    According to Saudi law King no right to given pardon. Only victim or his close relative come to settlement.

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    Elakiri Wednesday, 9 January 2013 00:00

    May this be an eye opener for the MEN in this country. via DM Android App

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    Rash Wednesday, 9 January 2013 00:00

    Where's MR's letter to king of Saudi ? Check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to which king they delivered the letter. via DM iPad app

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    mamath Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:38

    MR called HE the King also. same as here.

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    Panikkiya Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:19

    may be the King did not understand kurahan language and guessed he was asked to expedite the execution.

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    Thomas RangerThomas Thursday, 10 January 2013 04:43

    Did MR speak Arabic or did the King HE speak in yako language.

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    The Observer Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:52

    This seems to show the influence we have internationally.

    Reply : 21       153

    shakir Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:07

    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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    Muhammad Wednesday, 9 January 2013 00:00

    Surely we are Allah's and to him we surely return. May Allah bestow her with highest rank and forgiveness. via DM Android App

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    Ami Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:34

    Yeah right ! After getting the capital punishment ..what forgiveness you're seeking ???

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    kamal Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:14

    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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    sandman Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:12

    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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    man hatton Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:34

    it nothing to do with Allah, where is the living value of mankind?

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    sandman Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:13

    What "living value" for Mankind ???? You must be living in another world.....................

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    Dee Wednesday, 9 January 2013 10:32

    diplomatic blunder.

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    Lobo Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:10

    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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    Mental Porak ney Oya Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:38

    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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    fazly Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:39

    they dont know the value of humane values. only the food women and money play a major role.

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    Nodrog Wednesday, 9 January 2013 10:33

    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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    Gihan Wednesday, 9 January 2013 10:34

    Is it a Slap ????????

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    Guru Wednesday, 9 January 2013 15:39

    It's not a slap. Unlike in Sri Lanka nothing is above the law in Saudi Arabia. RIP Rizana.

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    Ahmad Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:57

    You cannot manipulate laws in Saudi.

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    Union Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:31

    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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    fazly Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:42

    really ?wake up, my dear fellow citizen.

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    AM Thursday, 10 January 2013 07:27

    Only for the Americans!!!!

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    The Observer Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:23

    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?

    Reply : 7       128

    JRDW Wednesday, 9 January 2013 10:33

    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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    Lobo Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:36

    Will be interesting to see if the community in SL condone or disapprove of this action?

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    sandman Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:20

    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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    Mancini Wednesday, 9 January 2013 10:33

    ** rest in peace **

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    padma Wednesday, 9 January 2013 10:34

    What happened to President’s attempt has nun and dull?

    Reply : 12       152

    Lobo Wednesday, 9 January 2013 10:34

    Where are the HR watchers? Not much money to be made here so no noise from them all?

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    RamUK Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:22

    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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    Lobo Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:34

    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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    PoliticallyIncorrect Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:26

    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.

    Reply : 24       64

    DD Wednesday, 9 January 2013 10:34

    Should ban people from going to Saudi

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    dhammika herath Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:11

    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

    Reply : 11       90

    Ben Hurling Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:50

    Sri Lanka stop at once sending our women to this nation filled with religious fanatics.

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    Mental Porak ney Oya Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:40

    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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    sando Thursday, 10 January 2013 07:29

    True. They believe that we were created by a man in the sky.

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    Maf Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:08

    First find the culprit who send Under age workers and hang him.

    Reply : 3       119

    Farzan - Kalutara Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:39

    100% agree with you...

    Reply : 2       28

    Amith Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:18

    Why don't we arrange to send the agent's wife as a housemaid to the same house.

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    jihad deen Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:09

    may her soul rest in peace

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    SusanJ Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:09

    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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    Ahmad Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:59

    Nonsense. You do not know what is crime

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    Nal Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:01

    Then do you know what crime is? Pls dont become another fanatic....

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    gOBBAYA Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:07

    tell me about it?.

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    Demahom Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:24

    Hi Sir, how will you feel your servant kill your 4months young kid

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    D.P.Liyanage Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:16

    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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    Mohamed Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:41

    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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    hashhhsl Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:12

    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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    Bell Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:09

    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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    Ali Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:10

    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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    Jay Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:11

    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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    Amith Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:25

    How dare you try to meddle in our Foreign exchange income.

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    Munas Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:14

    SL Gov. should take severe action against deploying mousemaid to KSA.

    we pray to rest her soul in peace.

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    shanthi Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:14

    so , sad to hear this , these days we hear killings n murders only . may her soul rest in peace.

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    samosa Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:14

    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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    lankaman Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:18

    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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    ramroxta Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:13

    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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    RamUK Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:17

    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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    Sareek Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:19

    Childs mother should be executed. according sharia A mother should brest feed her child for two years.

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    Worried Citizen Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:24

    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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    Fred Wickremasinghe Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:24

    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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    Mental Porak ney Oya Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:42

    You were praying to the wrong god then

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    Game Kolla Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:25

    Please..please...please do not send our women for slavery to this country ...India has banned sending women to middle east.

    Reply : 3       96

    Anu Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:48

    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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    Premalal Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:46

    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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    Rick Breeze Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:25

    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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    Thomas Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:27

    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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    Genuine Citizen Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:28

    the Agent who sent her with fake docs and age should b exceuted tooo..

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    kavi Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:29

    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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    Meraya Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:29

    S/l gov must stop sending maids to gulf countries and also send mr.mera silva to be sent there

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    ramkumar Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:31

    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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    DXB Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:32

    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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    John Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:03


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    buffaloa citizen Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:00

    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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    Sizzler Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:44

    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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    buffaloa citizen Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:02

    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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    jiggy Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:45

    Diya bariya law in action.Another life sacrificed.....

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    Zsen Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:50

    poor girl feel so sorry about her !

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    Rimzan Hassan Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:52

    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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    mohamed asfar Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:52

    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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    aj Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:54

    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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    N. Bandara Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:54

    Stop sending maids to Saudi Arabia! Bring back all maids from there now!

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    Thuwan Siddique Wednesday, 9 January 2013 11:59

    Isn't that the right punishment for murder? After all she killed another human being. Think fair.

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    Kabi Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:32

    What is the punishment for the executor who executed the Underage Girl Rizana??

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    saradiyal Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:52

    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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    FancisFranciscis Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:56

    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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    Hamlet Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:02

    If she was judged according to the Law she would only be guilty of accidental manslaughter.

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    shanthapriya Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:11

    Please read what Rimzan Hassan has said.

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    John Fernandez Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:02

    Navi Pillai, where are you?????????????

    Reply : 7       45

    Some aiya Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:05

    she is busy, getting ready to bash sri lanka in March.

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    Amith Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:33

    She is scared of putting her neck there. ( Be head )

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    Askar Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:02

    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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    Andy Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:24

    so shocked to hear the news. May her soul rest in peace.

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    Mohammed Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:29

    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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    Paul Albert Thursday, 10 January 2013 02:49

    Youe valuable suggestion is timely , and an eye opener of the society. Lets try our best

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    Shan Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:29

    May she Rest In Peace, and the family be consoled.

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    Athula Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:33

    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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    Mohamed Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:35

    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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    Mara Yaka Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:37

    Are we are still proud of being Sri Lankan???

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    Shehla arif Saturday, 12 January 2013 08:50

    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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    antra Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:38

    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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    Modaya Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:38

    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 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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    jj Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:38

    Foreign Employment agencies that send under aged housemaids should be sevearly dealt with.

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    Kottoruwa Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:38

    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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    Expat Labour Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:08

    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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    Angel Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:43

    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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    man hatton Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:34

    SL Govnt should be ashamed of themselves for depending on female workers income as highest foreign revenue for SL,

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    kaleel Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:45

    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 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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    kabi Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:36

    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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    Alex Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:46

    the wonder of Asia, never have been prouder, had a thousands of years great history but never like this time! the biggest income of this country coming from ass wiping jobs in middle eastern countries.... what a pathetic 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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    john Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:48

    RIP sister. At lease there is law in KSA. Where the laws in SL???.

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    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:54

    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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    Athas Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:55

    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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    pissuballa Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:56

    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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    Fair deal. Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:56

    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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    Blacky Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:57

    Her FE Agent executed here, in SL.

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    udaya Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:59

    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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    Trehan Munasinghe Wednesday, 9 January 2013 12:59

    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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    piratheep Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:04

    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.

    Reply : 2       12

    ANTON Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:06

    Sad news, what is the next step MR is gonna take ?
    keep quite ?

    Reply : 3       13

    CHANDRAPALA Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:17

    Time has come to stage a protest campaign in front of the Saudi Embassy. (Over to you Mr.Wimal)

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    Hettiarachchi Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:17

    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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    Minister Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:21

    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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    Mason Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:21

    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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    Shane uk Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:28

    AllI I can say is REST IN PEACE Sister.feels sorry for her family.My point is the whole nation is responsible for this.

    Reply : 2       17

    Irshzee Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:30

    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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    mm Wednesday, 9 January 2013 13:44

    RIP Rizana Nafeek !

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    Em Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:06

    This clearly shows whatever our so called DIPLOMUTs shout in front of local media no one give a single concern on them outside.

    Reply : 0       11

    Zahran Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:10

    My deepest condolence to their family members. May she rest in peace..

    Reply : 1       11

    kalu Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:12

    Rest in pease.please dont ban sending maids to middle east,this is the only revenue we get inbillion of dollers to sri lanka.

    Reply : 6       5

    The truth Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:22

    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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    Dee UK Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:27

    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.

    Reply : 0       18

    J Dan Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:31

    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.

    Reply : 2       19

    Nuzrath Anver Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:34

    Stop the killing our mothers and sisters in Middle East. Ban sending house maid abroad. Most of house maids are suffering a lot.

    Reply : 2       22

    S.Sriranjan Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:38

    My Condolences to the Famly. But It's clear that Saudi Arabian Government never interfier in Judiciary System!!!

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    gollbullah Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:53

    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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    Plaitha Wednesday, 9 January 2013 16:55

    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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    Huna Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:34

    i was also shocked to see how many SL Muslims have come here to defend this inhumane act by the Saudis...:(

    Reply : 4       47

    Ashwin Wednesday, 9 January 2013 17:08

    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.

    Reply : 3       26

    Bagalawathie Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:39

    Saudis will never execute a Western white person. But coloured people are fair game. Shame on you Saudi Arabia.

    Reply : 5       29

    citzen silva Thursday, 10 January 2013 02:48

    Let's see if they will demo in front of Saudi embassy after Friday prayers?

    Reply : 1       35

    ANTON Thursday, 10 January 2013 02:55

    GOSL and specially her parents should accept the full responsibility for sending a thirteen year old girl to SA as a house maid.

    Reply : 1       11

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 10 January 2013 03:05

    Oh my god (merciful)! Sin

    Reply : 2       4

    Laminate Thursday, 10 January 2013 03:09

    What a Barbaric Act?

    Reply : 2       8

    imam Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:04

    @ Trehan Munasinghe - i am a muslim, i fully agree with you

    Reply : 0       1

    man hatton Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:26

    SL government should take the full responsibility for sending people to KINGDOM OF ANIMALS.

    Reply : 1       4

    willows Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:38

    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.

    Reply : 3       2

    jobullah Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:02

    Mr willow u r wrong members of the so called royal family is exempted

    Reply : 0       2

    Loard hutha Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:42

    Ehy worry about these acts..we have enough killings in our own country...look into those matters rather than trying to be very racist...

    Reply : 1       2

    Ahammed Saturday, 12 January 2013 18:57

    Any Asian country should not send their people to this bloody country.

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