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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2858

Destiny of housemaid Rizana hangs in the balance

Colombo, 01 November, ( There is no change in the status of Rizana Nafeek, a native of Mutur, employed as a housemaid, who was sentenced to be beheaded by a Shari’a court in Dawadmi, Saudi Arabia, that she had murdered an infant in her care in 2005. Reliable sources revealed that her destiny still hangs in the balance

When Asian Tribune contacted Hussain Bhaila, Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs said, “There is no change in the sentencing of Rizana up to yesterday, and we are following it up at legal and diplomatic levels.”

It is learnt that some confusion prevails regarding the plight of Rizana, as a conflicting report has been broadcasted in Colombo two days ago, that the young Rizana Nafeek, was exonerated from the murder charges by the Saudi Arabian court.

Accordingly the report revealed that the supreme court of Saudi Arabia gave a direction that the death sentence earlier imposed on Rizana to be revoked and instead to give five years imprisonment.

Asian Tribune learnt that there is no truth in the news report.

According to information received by Asian Tribune, it is reliably believed that an Appeal court has recommended to the Shari’a court in Dawadmi, to review the sentenced imposed on Rizana.

Sources said that it is up to the lower court to take cognizance of the recommendation of the appeal court.

- Asian Tribune -

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