SEEKS CLEMENCY FOR RIZANA :
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday wrote to King Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez of Saudi Arabia seeking clemency for Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek. Rizana has been sentenced to death for allegedly killing a Saudi infant in 2005.
A three-member panel of judges from the Dawathmy High Court headed by Chief Justice Abdullah Al-Rosaimi sentenced her to death.
The court heard that Nafeek killed the child after she was asked to bottle-feed him by the sponsor's wife. She was then sentenced a death penalty of beheading according to the Saudi Arabian High Court.
Her family has appealed against the verdict and the Saudi Supreme Court has rejected the appeal against the death sentence. priu.gov.lk