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* Saudi Court sentences Sri Lankan female domestic worker to death by stoning
Sat, Nov 21, 2015, 10:38 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 21, Colombo: A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Sri Lankan female domestic worker to death by stoning for committing adultery.

The housemaid has been found guilty of having an illicit affair with a Sri Lankan man employed in Saudi Arabia. Reportedly, the maid has confessed to the crime.

Sri Lankan government has appealed the death sentence, Upul Deshapriya, spokesman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), told Arab News that the maid was recently sentenced to death after being found guilty of having an illicit affair with a Sri Lankan bachelor.

However, the Saudi Court has ordered that the man to be given 100 lashes as punishment, the SLBFE spokesman said.

The official said the Sri Lankan government has contacted the Saudi authorities get the maid's death sentenced reviewed. He said the Ministry is making efforts to save the maid's life.

The Sri Lankan housemaid, is reportedly a married woman with children in Sri Lanka.

Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala's media secretary Nalin Rajapaksha has told Arab News that since the maid has already confessed and pleaded guilty, they are unable to request the Saudi government to lift the sentence.

"Therefore, our minister Athukorala filed an appeal before the Riyadh Court requesting it to reduce the punishment. The ministry has already made lawyers' payments through the Saudi Embassy in Sri Lanka," the official said.

In 2013, Saudi Arabia executed Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek who was sentenced to death for murdering the son of her Saudi employer despite calls from all over the world to spare her life.

Remittances from Sri Lankan migrant workers in Middle East is a major source of government revenues.


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