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RIYADH, September 1, 2010 (AFP) – Saudi government and private sector officials have questioned the account of a Sri Lankan maid who said her Saudi employers forced 24 nails and needles into her body. Saad al-Badah, head of the National Recruitment Committee of the Council of the Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry, told Saudi state television that the account of L.T. Ariyawathi, seemed “80 percent fabricated” and suggested the motive could be extortion.

He questioned how the woman, who worked for a Saudi family in Riyadh for five months until August, could have continued to be healthy and without infection with nails in her body.

He also said that it was hard to believe she could have passed through several airport metal detectors on her return from Riyadh with so many pieces of metal in her body.

“Even someone with just one coin in his pocket has to remove it when passing through the detector,” Badah said.

Saudi government officials dealing with the case have raised the same issue, labelling Ariyawathi’s account “difficult to believe.”

A spokesman for the Saudi embassy in Colombo told Sri Lanka’s Daily News on Wednesday that the maid could not have passed through airport