Clemency

Dec 09, 2007 (LBO) – A Saudi Arabian court has begun reviewing the case of a Sri Lankan housemaid condemned to death for killing a four-month-old infant in her care. The Middle Eastern English language daily Arab News reported Sunday that a three-member court, headed by Dawadmi High Court chief judge Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Rosaimi, on Saturday reviewed the case of Rizana Nafeek.

The retrial began when the Court of Cassation instructed the high court to review its decisions following an appeal by Kateb Al-Shammary, the attorney for Rizana Nafeek.

The woman was convicted of murdering the infant on June 16 and the appeal was filed on July 15.

Al-Shammary cited several reasons why the maid should not be punished for her alleged action.

He claimed that she was under-age at the time of the offence and that she was brought to the Kingdom as a housemaid and not as a nanny.

Al-Shammary told Arab News that he was hopeful the case would end in Nafeek’s favor.

“There may be several such hearings before the final verdict is given,” the lawyer said, adding that there would be several stages in this case and he cannot say when the final verdict