Saudi Arabia Rejects Criticism of Maid Beheading

Saudi Arabia has criticized the reaction worldwide to its execution of a maid from Sri Lanka who was convicted of murdering the baby of her employer, according to a report from the SPA, the Saudi news agency.

A government spokesperson said that Riyadh deplored statements that have been made over the beheading of the Sri Lankan maid, who plotted and then killed a baby by suffocating him only a week after arriving in the Kingdom.

The maid, Rizana Nafeek, was beheaded last Wednesday. The case sparked condemnation worldwide, including from human rights groups that protested she was only 17 years old when the charges were brought against her back in 2005.

The court found Nafeek guilty of smothering the baby following an argument she had with the baby’s mother. The case created diplomatic problems between Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia. Sri Lanka recalled its Saudi Ambassador last week in protest of the beheading.

The Saudi government responded to the criticism by saying the woman’s passport said she had been 21 when arrested, adding that Saudi Arabia does not allow people who are minors to enter the country to work.

The government spokesman said they had tried to convince the parents of the baby to accept money, but the family rejected that or amnesty, insisting the maid must be executed.

Rights groups expressed dismay over the beheading and a representative from the European Union said it had urged the Saudi government to commute the woman’s death sentence.

Human Rights Watch announced that the woman had retracted her confession that had been made, in what she claimed, under duress.

2 Responses

  1. Amal says:

    Rizana was desperate to find work that is why she has change her date of birth to show that she is 18 and legal to work. She went to work so she can help her poor family in Sri Lanka. Why would she kill the baby? I am sure she knows if she kill the baby she would lose her job. Some one has to educate these barbarians our civilized law. It is unfortunate that baby die. We diden’t know what really happned. That is why there are laws. “based upon the evidence before the court, you are sure that the accused committed the offence you should convict since this demonstrates that you are satisfied of her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

    Please read about Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) I’m sure you’ll agree with me.
    I hope that this will never happen to any person ever again.

  2. HLANGL says:

    UN (United Nations) should more actively intervene these cases, i.e. they should have spine to question the whole trail proceedings which led to this gruesome beheading of the young woman last week in Saudi Arabia, despite not having any conclusive evidence what so ever. Just issuing a media statement condemning the act would not be sufficient at all. A government/regime accepted by UN should answer to UN, they shouldn’t be allowed to merely escape from this mentioning it’s one of their internal affairs & just condemning the poor already murdered accused without any proven facts. If UN don’t wish to question this now, I’m not sure what are they waiting for or for whom they are waiting for to intervene & question this gruesome, callous, selfish, mindless act done in the name of their said creator Allah. Some utter irresponsibility is seen in this response from the Saud Arabian government/regime issued condemning the international criticism over the act they committed last week, may be they are expecting the international community to produce the appeal before their said creator Allah, in this 21st century… This had been a gruesome killing done by a legal system belonging to a UN-accepted regime, not by any terrorist or a terrorist organization, that should make a clear difference in which this should be treated, so Saudi Arabia should answer to UN & the world community in general how they had come to the conclusion that the accused had actually committed the crime, how they can run a murder trial without even conducting any postmortem in this 21st century, without any proper translator/interpreter while the entire court proceedings are carried out in Arabic; a language the accused doesn’t properly understand to handle in a tricky situation like this, no proper unbiased legal assistance/lawyer for the accused, basically nothing for her defense in this environment virtually unknown to her having landed in Saudi Arabia only a couple of weeks back when the whole drama began in mid 2005.
    Is UN having any plans or spine to question this entire drama ?. In the name of humanity, they should.

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