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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2732

A three judges bench s Shariah court at Dawadami to review Sri Lanka housemaid Rizana’s case

Colombo, 07 December, (Asiantribune.com): The teenaged Sri Lanka housemaid Rizana Nafeek’s case is to be taken up by a three judges bench Shariah court at Dawadami, to review the court’s earlier decision of beheading.

Hussain Bhaila, Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs told Asian Tribune that already Dawadami High Court went through the appeal filed by lawyers retained on behalf of Rizana and instructed the Shariah court at Dawadami to review its earlier sentence, condemning Rizana to death by beheading.

When speaking to Asian Tribune, Hussain Bhaila expressed cautious optimism that according to lawyers retained in this case, there is every possibility of Rizana being acquitted and for her to be free from this case once and for all.

He added if there is going to be a worst scenario of the outcome of the review process; it is highly possible that her death sentence would be revoked.

Earlier Rizana was found guilty by a panel of three Shariah judges on June 16 without legal representation, which is not required under Shariah law and was sentenced to death by beheading.

Under Saudi Arabian law the victim’s family is entitled to pardon a person accused of a crime and spare the life from being beheaded.

Accordingly, Mohamed Sultan Nafeek the father of the 19 year old Sri Lankan girl, appealed to Naif Jiziyan Khalafal Otaibi, the father of the 4 month old baby who died when Rizana was bottle feeding him. So far Naif Jiziyan Khalafal Otaibi and his wife have not come forward to pardon the Sri Lankan housemaid.

In the meantime on behalf Rizana, lawyers retained on her behalf have successfully filed an appeal against the sentence on 15 July and the court accepted it.

Last month, the Dawadami High Court referred back the case to the three judge bench Shariah court at Dawadami to review the case and report.

- Asian Tribune -

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