The Royal court of Saudi Arabia has forwarded the case of Rizana Nafeek for an amicable settlement with the Saudi parents of the victim child. According to reports, Arab News learned that the case had been referred from the Royal Court to the Riyadh governorate through the Ministry of Interior during the holy month of Ramadan.
On June 16, 2007, the three-member bench at the Dawadmi High Court sentenced Rizana to death for killing the baby she was entrusted to look after in the absence of her Saudi employers at their residence. The accused maintained that the newborn choked during bottle-feeding, and that she tried to prevent it. The Sri Lankan Government and many international organizations called on the Saudi Government to pardon Nafeek.