Please Intervene

The mother of one of the three Sri Lankans facing execution in Saudi Arabia has appealed to the newly elected Sri Lankan President to intervene to obtain clemency, after learning that the sentences may be carried out at any time. The mother of one of the three Sri Lankans facing execution in Saudi Arabia has appealed to the newly elected Sri Lankan President to intervene to obtain clemency, after learning that the sentences may be carried out at any time. D.D. Ranjith de Silva, E.J. Victor Corea and Sanath Pushpakumara were arrested in March 2004, in the capital, Riyadh and sentenced to death in October 2004 without legal representation.

M. Babun Nona, the mother of de Silva wrote to President Mahinda Rakapaksa, asking for his intervention.

“We have heard that their file has been sent to the King (King Abdullah),” Babun Nona wrote in Sinhalese. “I am begging on behalf of the relatives of these people, for your Excellency to please do something to save their lives.”

Amnesty International which renewed their appeal for the three men, says the King has the power to grant clemency or ratify their death.

The Asian Human Rights Commission has also launched a new appeal asking the public to write to King Abdullah. The