Sri Lanka's woman to be killed in Riyadh

Sri Lanka's woman to be killed in Riyadh

Colombo : Sri Lanka | Oct 25, 2010 at 7:42 PM PDT
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A woman from Sri Lanka has been sentenced to death by the Riyadh's Supreme Court for allegedly killing a 4-month-old infant.

Rizana Nafeek went to Riyadh in 2005 to work as a housemaid at Al-Otaibi's household. Barely 4 weeks passed before she allegedly killed Al-Otaibi's infant son.

She was immediately arrested by Dawadami division of Riyadh police. Nafeek allegedly confessed to the killing.

Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) assigned Saudi law firm Khateb Al-Shammary on a SR150, 000 contract to defend her but to no avail.

AHRC said it would seek help of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to seek clemency.

According to the conflicting birth dates given in her Passport and birth certificate, Nafeek is either 32 or 38 years old.

Nafeek is now in jail, ignorant of her imminent fate. She was not told of the sentence nor was she present at the trial.

A senior diplomat at Sri Lanka Embassy in Riyadh said he had no comments to make at the moment.

An observer said civilized world did not rely on Saudi and Riyadh judicial systems and court verdicts.

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