The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has renewed its appeal to foreign diplomatic missions in Riyadh to save the life of Rizana Nafeek, a Lankan maid who is facing the death sentence after a baby in her care died.
In July 2007, a three-member court in Dawadmi unanimously found Nafeek, a housemaid who was working for a Saudi household, guilty of the murder of a four-month-old infant who she was asked to bottle-feed by the sponsors wife.
The incident took place in May 2005 when the baby was only three weeks old. Subsequently, the appeals court in the Kingdom upheld the judgment in September last year. Since 2005, the maid has been in a jail in Dawadmi, some 320 km from the Saudi capital.
In October 2010, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appealed to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah requesting clemency for Nafeek.
Read more: dailymirror.lk/news/9711-renewed-calls-for-rizanas-release.html