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‘Save Rizana’ plea

By Gagani Weerakoon

Some 25,000 people will gather in Mutur public grounds today to sign a petition pleading with the Saudi King to pardon Rizana Nafeek, who faces execution for an alleged murder of a baby of her Saudi employer.
A spokesperson of the An Nahla Islamic Social Association, which is organising the event, said the large gathering could probably be the last attempt to request forgiveness and seek Rizana’s release on humanitarian grounds.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauf Hakeem handed a letter on Friday for Rizana’s employer Al Otaibi and his family to the Saudi Ambassador in Colombo, Abdul Rahman Al Jammaz, pleading for clemency for Rizana.

The MP made the appeal on behalf of the Muslim community, which forms eight percent of Sri Lanka’s population.
It was reported that former Sri Lankan Consul General Masiudeen Inamullah was also present at a meeting held on Friday at the Saudi Embassy in Colombo.
The Supreme Court in Riyadh recently upheld the death sentence handed down by Dawadami High Court on Nafeek. She was found guilty by a three-member panel of judges headed by Chief Justice Abdullah Al Rosaimi.
Rizana had allegedly committed the murder when asked to bottle-feed the baby by the sponsor’s wife at the family home in Dawadmi. She was only 17 at the time.
It is alleged an unscrupulous agent had sent her to Saudi Arabia as a 22-year-old housemaid.