The death sentence imposed on Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek has been suspended.
Minister Dilan Perera told Parliament today that the Saudi King had suspended the sentence following a clemency request sent by President Rajapaksa. The Minister said the Saudi King was unable to pardon Rizana Nafeek under Sharia law. He said that a pardon could only be given by the parents of the infant who died after blood money was paid. The Minister added that the Government was willing to pay blood money for Rizana’s pardon. 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 16th 2007. She was arrested by Dawadami police officers and allegedly confessed to killing the child.