The Arab media has reported today (30) that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo has appealed Friday to a Saudi couple to spare the life of a Sri Lankan housemaid who killed their baby. Rizana Nafeek was convicted of murdering Naif Jiziyan Khalaf Al-Otaibi’s four-month-old child in June, 2007.
Arab News has stated that Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader and parliamentarian Rauf Hakeem had handed a letter for Al-Otaibi and his family on Friday to the Saudi Ambassador in Colombo, Abdul Rahman Al-Jammaz, pleading for clemency for Nafeek on behalf of the Muslim community, which forms eight percent of the island’s 20 million population.
Former Sri Lankan Consul General Masiudeen Inamullah had also been present at the Friday meeting held at the Saudi Embassy in Colombo.
The Supreme Court in Riyadh recently upheld the death sentence handed down by Dawadami High Court on Nafeek. She was found guilty by a three-member panel of judges headed by Chief Justice Abdullah Al-Rosaimi.