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.