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A Sri Lankan expatriate has been arrested for beating fellow nationals seeking work in Saudi Arabia as domestic workers. He was nabbed in Colombo by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), with police assistance, shortly after arriving for his annual vacation.


The man was exposed when amateur footage was screened on several television channels showing him abusing Sri Lankan maids in a room at a safe house in Saudi Arabia.

Mangala Randeniya, deputy general manager of the SLFBE, told Arab News from Colombo that the man was a sub-agent in Saudi Arabia. “As the incident happened in Saudi Arabia, the SLFBE is consulting with the Attorney General’s Department, seeking assistance on the charges that can be leveled against him,” he said.

The legal department of the SLBFE is also monitoring the situation, he added.

Randeniya said the man was found beating and kicking some maids when they were kept in detention by the Saudi job agent before they were transferred to various sponsors in the Kingdom. They were abused because they did not want to go to houses chosen by the local agent.

The women were recruited under the now banned “Court Wakala” system, where visas are obtained by Saudi job agents for domestic workers. The housemaids are then detained in a safe house before being sent to their employers. (Arab News)

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  • Yehiya Sunday, 28 April 2013 05:29 AM

    This is very unfair.Most of our workers very lazy to work. If crime happen in overseas it must complain in their country first. They can get the fair law. It is well organized complain.

    sss Monday, 29 April 2013 01:27 AM

    even more shamelessly our politicos and no good officials use the dollars to import dutyfree goodies

    Sujith Monday, 29 April 2013 01:22 AM

    What happened to the woman who took the film? has any body checked? must be dead?

    Oshanada Sunday, 28 April 2013 09:29 AM

    We are shamless nathion selling women for money. this man will walk scot free like the rest

    Rizvi Sunday, 28 April 2013 08:21 AM

    Why Sri Lanka cannot introcude laws to stop housemaid business. We only look at foregn exchange we recieve. Not other social implact on this.. May be goverment ready to loose another Rizan Nafeek !!

    Fazni Sunday, 28 April 2013 07:18 AM

    This Kind of person have to give long time jail but travel band to Saudi or any middle East country. dont send this person to saudi arabia.

    Grace Sunday, 28 April 2013 07:18 AM

    When the our people are abusing the innocent maids, naturally the Arabs will do the same.

    Publish the dirty fellow's picture with his name and shame him.

    firoz Sunday, 28 April 2013 06:46 AM

    I've seen the video and this man must be punished for how he shamelessly beat and abused those helpless women. He must be made to feel the same way !

    Sampath Sunday, 28 April 2013 06:25 AM

    Why not use the Shariya law to deal with this man as the incidents took place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ?

    herath Sunday, 28 April 2013 05:57 AM

    Oh, let the poor guy go home for his vacation, after he he beat few women, if a man can walk away after murder, why do we need to punish this innocent fellow

    Rahmathullah M. H. Sunday, 28 April 2013 05:42 AM

    Beat him in public and bar him from leaving the country for job.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 28 April 2013 01:54 AM

    These women bring in the much needed foreign exchange and this is how they're treated? Day by day Sri lankans heap more shame on themselves and then wonder why the world condemns us??

    xlntgson Sunday, 28 April 2013 05:19 AM

    Patriots sans frontiers!

    mohamed Sunday, 28 April 2013 05:20 AM

    Excellent. We welcome the role of SLBFE in this regard. \please carry on

    Safri Sunday, 28 April 2013 05:03 AM

    SLFBE initiated to do something onbehalf of whome they are paid for.... Good job...

    srilankan Sunday, 28 April 2013 05:02 AM

    Name and details should be published so that the whole country knows who this animal is !!!!!!

    ANTON Sunday, 28 April 2013 04:17 AM

    NOT ENOUGH, SOMETHING ELSE HAS TO BE CHOPPED.

    nuwan Sunday, 28 April 2013 04:13 AM

    Maximum punishment should be given to him, this would be a lesson to others

    Viraj Sunday, 28 April 2013 03:59 AM

    These grateful dog kinds, should be taught humanity to treat mankind.

    Ajith L Sunday, 28 April 2013 03:19 AM

    His hands and legs should be chopped

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 28 April 2013 02:31 AM

    A good lesson for the Sri Lankans who treat their compatriots like dirt and abuse them to please their foreign masters.


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