Sentence reduced for Sri Lankan maid sentenced to death by stoning


Dec 24, 2015 (LBO) – The Government of Sri Lanka on Wednesday announced that the appeal for clemency on the sentence was successful and the Sri Lankan national will now have to serve a reduced sentence and serve a term in prison.

The Appeal against the verdict of the Sri Lankan domestic worker arrested on the charges of adultery and sentence of death by stoning by the Al Dwadmi Court in Saudi Arabia was taken up on 22nd December 2015.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Ministry of Foreign Employment and the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment undertook the responsibility to safeguard the Sri Lankan national,” the Foreign Ministry said.

“Through the Sri Lanka Mission in Saudi Arabia, we extended every assistance to provide legal counsel and consular assistance in order to assist the appeal process,”

“The Government of Sri Lanka wishes to acknowledge and appreciate the good offices of the Saudi Authorities. The sympathy, the understanding and the concern expressed, and assistance extended by many other parties is also noted and deeply appreciated.” the Foreign Ministry said.