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The General Court in Riyadh is looking into the murder of a Sri Lankan national residing in Riyadh after a representative from the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution charged her husband, a US national, with her murder.

A local daily reported that the accused, a Christian who converted to Islam while he was in detention, disposed of the body by stuffing it into a pipeline used for gas and petroleum exploration.  

The newspaper reported that the General Court in Riyadh began its procedures after taking statements from witnesses who used to work with the accused. The Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh said the mission had hired a lawyer to plead the case of the Sri Lankan woman who was living with her husband in Saudi Arabia. He said he is confident that Saudi law will make sure justice is served.

The murder came to light when the Al-Kharj Governorate police received a call from the company where the accused used to work, saying they had found a stiff body in a seated position stuffed in a special well used for gas and petroleum exploration. Police officials arrested the American on the strength of testimonies given by his Chinese and Saudi co-workers.

The source said the accused had admitted that the victim was his wife. She was stuffed in a pipeline which had been sealed from both sides and was subsequently buried. The American said his wife had been missing for many months because of family and moral conflicts, but he didn’t notify the authorities about her absence.

The source said the American hired several Chinese and Saudi workers to seal and weld the pipeline’s openings after the body was stuffed in, six months before the body was found. The accused worked as a supervisor for gas and petrol excavations for Saudi Aramco.

The source said Chinese workers welded an iron pipeline from one side in one of the excavation sites. The other side of the pipeline connects the pipes together and is welded with iron plates. The accused ordered the Chinese worker to put a semi-circular iron piece on the cover to facilitate opening and closing.

During preliminary police investigation at the scene of crime, the accused gave several versions about his wife’s disappearance. First, he denied he ordered a Chinese worker to weld the pipe and move it next to his room. Then he said he didn’t remember telling him to do that, and later he said he never even saw the pipe and ordered workers to bury the waste and not the pipes.

“The accused tried to mislead detectives by putting clothes and personal belongings of Chinese workers inside the pipe,” the source added. (Arab News)
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  • Jay Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:09 AM

    Wanna see how Sharia Law acts on this?

    Balapitendi Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:34 PM

    We also have Americans in SL performing these kinds of brutal uncivilized acts. Gotaya is an American!

    mohan Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:56 AM

    he is American nothing will happen o him

    limatc Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:13 AM

    yes, right , because he is an american , the law of saudi to be-head is only for asians NOT for westerners

    duppi nana. Saturday, 24 August 2013 09:10 AM

    Don't send them to work in gulf.Let them pluck the tea leaf in Sri Lanka.

    mc Thursday, 22 August 2013 05:03 AM

    i bet he wont be beheaded.


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