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Jan 09, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has deplored the beheading of a maid in Saudi Arabia after she was convicted of killing an infant under her care when she was still a minor. Rights group called for clemency as the Rizana Nafeek did not have legal representation at the time of her trial.

The full statement is reproduced below:

President Rajapaksa and the Government deplores the beheading of Miss RizanaNafeek

It has been confirmed that Miss RizanaNafeek was beheaded by Saudi authorities this morning at Dawadmy, Saudi Arabia.

The Sri Lankan housemaid was employed for less than 6 weeks in 2005 when she was charged by her Saudi employer for allegedly killing their infant while she was bottle feeding and thereafter sentenced to death in the year 2007.

The Government of Sri Lanka arranged for an appeal against the death sentence with the assistance of the Asian Human Rights Organization based in Hong Kong but the Superior Court of Saudi Arabia reconfirmed the death sentence.

PresidentMahindaRajapaksa madea personal appeal on two occasions immediately after the confirmation of the death sentence and a few days ago to stop the execution and