Jan 11, 2013 (LBO) – Britain, has condemned the beheading of a Sri Lankan maid who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for the death of an infant in her care when she was still a minor. Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said it “deplores” the beheading.

Sri Lanka has also recalled the ambassador to Riyadh over the execution. “I condemn the execution of Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia yesterday, despite the many appeals for her sentence to be commuted,” Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt said.

“The UK opposes all use of the death penalty as a matter of principle, whatever the crime committed. The beheading of Ms Nafeek is particularly concerning as reports suggest she may have been a child of 17 at the time the crime was committed.

“We also find the practice of beheading to be particularly cruel and inhuman. We continue to raise our concerns about human rights with the Saudi authorities, including its frequent use of the death penalty”.

In free countries such as the UK individuals are sovereign following a centuries long struggle for liberty, which advocates of liberty say is still not complete.