Rizana Nafeek executed

Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek has been executed in Saudi Arabia, the External Affairs Ministry said.

Meanwhile sources in Trincomalee said that the news was to be formally conveyed to the family of Nafeek who are in Muttur.

Politician Ranjan Ramanayake, who was campaigning for her release, told the Colombo Gazette that protests will be held in Colombo against the execution.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) had said earlier today that Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry under Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz had issued instructions for Rizana Nafeek’s execution.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had sent an appeal to King Abdullah on January 6, 2013, requesting a stay of the execution until a settlement can be reached between the baby’s family and a Saudi reconciliation committee.

Nafeek had been working in Saudi Arabia for two weeks in 2005 when the ‘Utaibi family’s 4-month-old baby died in her care. Nafeek retracted a confession that she said was made under duress, and says that the baby died in a choking accident while drinking from a bottle. Authorities have incarcerated Nafeek in Dawadmi prison since 2005. (Colombo Gazette)