Rizana Nafeek’s death sentence suspended

Rizana Nafeek’s death sentence suspended

December 7, 2010   03:04 pm

The Death Sentence of Lankan House maid Rizana Nafeek has been suspended by the Saudi King following the request for amnesty by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister Dilan Perera said in parliament a short while ago.

Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera stated in Parliament that according to the Sharia law there is no amnesty for the offence however the death sentence has been suspended.

The Dawadami High Court found Rizana Nafeek guilty of murdering the four-month-old son of Naif Jiziyan Khalaf Al-Otaibi and sentenced her to death on June 16, 2007.

She is suspected to have killed the baby on the afternoon of May 22, 2005. She was arrested by Dawadami police officers the same day, and allegedly confessed to killing the child.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had appealed to the king of Saudi Arabia for an amnesty for the Sri Lankan maid on October 26, 2010.

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