Saudi Arabia, a place where one can still visit the seventh century, and not be in a museum.
Who in their right mind believes that Saudi Arabia could ever be relied upon to come to a just judicial decision about anything? So in view of that, the beheading of this woman by the Saudi state, shouldn’t be viewed as a murderer getting her just deserts, but as a victim caught in a situation bigger than herself.
Saudi Arabia beheads maid for murdering baby… despite defendant being just 17 when child died
- Rizana Nafeek was beheaded by sword in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday
- Her native Sri Lanka and human rights groups condemned the execution
- They say the housemaid was only 17 at the time of the baby’s death in 2005
- Also claim Miss Nafeek not given access to a lawyer during 2007 trial
- She always protested her innocence and said baby choked to death
By BECKY EVANS
PUBLISHED: 07:33 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:21 GMT, 10 January 2013
Rizana Nafeek was beheaded by sword despite pleas for a pardon from her native Sri Lanka
A maid convicted of killing a baby has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia, despite being only 17 at the time of the crime.
Rizana Nafeek was beheaded by sword in Dawadmy, near the capital Riyadh, on Wednesday morning.
The execution went ahead despite years of international appeals from Miss Nafeek’s family and human rights groups.
Supporters of the housemaid, from Sri Lanka, say the age on her passport was changed so she could get work and that according to her birth certificate she was just 17 at the time.
The Sri Lankan government said it ‘deplores the execution’ and human rights groups also condemned her death.
Miss Nafeek was sentenced to death in 2007 after her Saudi employer accused her of strangling his four-month-old baby two years earlier after a dispute with the child’s mother.
But Miss Nafeek always protested her innocence and said the baby had choked to death while being bottle fed.
Her parents repeatedly appealed to King Abdullah to pardon their daughter.