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.
He said the Saudi court ordered the man be punished with 100 lashes. A government official in Colombo said the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh has contacted the Saudi authorities to explore the possibilities of reviewing the verdict.
He said the ministry was making efforts to save the housemaid’s life. Sources from Colombo said the convicted woman is married and has children in Sri Lanka.
Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala’s media secretary Nalin Rajapaksha said: “Since she has pleaded guilty, we 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”.