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The Saudi Arabian Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Jammaz, said that according to information received by him, Rizana Nafeek presently housed in death row in Saudi Arabia would be pardoned and could return to the island, in consideration of a request made to the Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Azeez by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and also having regard to legal considerations.

These views were expressed by the ambassador to SLMC leader and Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem, when they met today at the latter’s office, Sri Lanka’s Justice Ministry said in a statement.

The ambassador was replying to a question posed by the minister, about whether the request of the Sri Lankan President and the various documents submitted could be made use of to obtain the release of Rizana Nafeek.

The ambassador had also said that he was aware that the President of Sri Lanka and the government had striven hard to obtain a pardon for Rizana, and stressed that, on the instructions of the Saudi King; the governor of Riyadh Salmon had begun discussions with the relatives of the child who had died at the hands of Rizana. The ambassador had promised to intervene personally in this regard.

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  • manelfonseka Thursday, 03 January 2013 07:12 PM

    If only, if only this is true.

    AmericanMuse Thursday, 03 January 2013 07:28 PM

    We've heard these statements so many times before. Seeing is believing.

    Shan gamage Friday, 04 January 2013 12:00 AM

    well done in 2013 try to do take. all Sri Lankan house maids to Sri Lanka from Saudi Arabia via DM Android App

    Amith Thursday, 03 January 2013 10:24 PM

    This is the same talk for so many years. This is only a ploy for publicity uses by these fellows.

    Jamal Friday, 04 January 2013 02:21 AM

    She was punished under a sharia law introduced and practiced by barbarians. Under a civilized law, mother would have been punished.

    Thaseem Haniffa Friday, 04 January 2013 03:46 AM

    He started to create the second drama as peoples are busy not like politicians
    Any way god will be punished you soon and your cabinet

    Anuran india Friday, 04 January 2013 03:57 AM

    At the end of the day that's the best law..that mankind have..because all human race is barbarians nowadays..and Islam is the right religion ...I feel that now...

    Nan Friday, 04 January 2013 04:10 AM

    this is atleast some progress.

    Ethan Friday, 04 January 2013 04:13 AM

    I Agree

    Patriot Friday, 04 January 2013 04:18 AM

    What is the big idea about giving so much prominence over this matter. What good will this bring to the country or people. No doubt Sharia Law is not suitable to any civilized society. Otherwise there wouldn't have been so much outcry even from the Muslim community for the punishment to be withdrawn. The best thing to do is not to send our women to these countries. I wonder how our leaders who speak so much about our culture allow our women to be treated so mean there. One who was in these countries know how these women are molested sexually.

    Clifford Friday, 04 January 2013 05:29 AM

    This is indeed good news for the country, but the concern authorities must make sure that no such mistakes are repeated again, especially with the job agents who send under age girls with false birth certificates and other documents. Don't expect that Saudi Arabia will always offer such pardons.

    FaisalS Friday, 04 January 2013 07:38 AM

    Goes to show that Islamic sharia law has no place in a civilized society.

    mike Friday, 04 January 2013 10:39 AM

    if true thank our president for it.

    Ali Friday, 04 January 2013 10:54 AM

    There are lot of success stories than failed.

    If there is opportunity in SL why they choose to go?

    SK Friday, 04 January 2013 11:03 AM

    So as per your 'civilized law' all rapist & murderers should be pardoned so that they can commit the same again. In this case she should be forgiven coz it appears that the mistake was due to negligence

    tintin Sunday, 06 January 2013 05:13 AM

    under the non sharia law , in lanka the girl would have been raped so many times


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