President Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested clemency from the Saudi Arabian King for Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek. .
The request has been forwarded to the Saudi King through the External Affairs Ministry. A case was filed against the teenager for an alleged death of an infant while bottle feeding. The Saudi court sentenced her to death in 2007. She filed an appeal against this decision.
The appeal was recently rejected by the Saudi Supreme Court. The Presidential media unit said that the special request of the President was sent to the Saudi King as pleading for a lesser sentence should be done at the state level.