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Lanka to appeal to Saudi over teenager’s death sentence

By Chamindra Wickremasinghe
Sri Lanka is to appeal a recent death sentence given by the Saudi Arabian High Court on Rizana Nazik who allegedly strangled to death the four- month- old infant of her employer.
Nazik reportedly from Kalmunai, Ampara was just 17 years- old in February 2005 when she allegedly committed the crime. The teenager is reported to have stealthily adjusted her age on her passport so that she could enter Saudi Arabia to work.
Chairman, Foreign Employment Bureau, Kingsley Ranawaka told The Nation, “The Employment Bureau is paying the Sri Lankan embassy in Saudi for retaining the lawyers to take the necessary legal action against the ruling. We have time to lodge an appeal.”
Ranawaka also said that due to passports being modified with fake details by some migrant workers it is difficult to trace them when it comes to a situation like this. However, it is learnt she is from Ampara. “We expect a fare judgment on her as she is still a teenager,” Ranawaka said.
Foreign Employment and Promotion Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella told The Nation that the incident had happened when she was feeding the baby. Though she had admitted to the crime earlier, later on she had revealed that she did it because the madam of the house came from behind to assault her. She had also mentioned about the baby’s reluctance to drink milk.
“However, it is learnt that the police and medical reports state that finger marks had been identified, and the baby died of suffocation,” Rambukwella added.

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