Summoned

February 23 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s foreign minister has summoned the Saudi envoy in Colombo over the beheading and ‘crucifixion’ of four Sri Lankans, including a man who was told he was serving a prison term, the foreign affairs ministry said Friday, .

Four Sri Lankans Victor Corea, Ranjith Silva, Sanath Pushpakumara and Sharmila Sangeeth Kumara were executed by the sword in Riyadh on February 19, and reported to have been tied to wooden beams or ‘crucified’ and put on public display as an example for expatriate workers.

Concern

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama had summoned the Charge d’ Affaires of the Saudi Arabian Embassy to inform him that Sri Lanka had no prior notice of the executions and that S. Sangeeth Kumara who had been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment had also been executed.

Even after the execution there had been no communication conveyed by the authorities to the Sri Lankan embassy in Riyadh.

“The Minister informed the Saudi diplomat that there is widespread concern in Sri Lanka with regard to the carrying out of th