Saudi Arabia beheads Sri Lankan maid

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    Saudi Arabia defied international protests Wednesday by beheading a Sri Lankan maid convicted of smothering an infant child, despite her being aged just 17 at the time of the offence.

    A sword-wielding executioner carried out the death sentence on Rizana Nafeek in Dawadmy, near Riyadh, just hours after the Saudi Interior Ministry ratified the court verdict against her.

    Nafeek was sentenced to death in 2007 for smothering the four-month-old boy while working as his nanny. She had been accused of killing the baby two years earlier after an argument with his mother. Nafeek said the child had choked to death on milk during a bottle feed.

    The Sri Lankan government appealed the death penalty, but the Saudi Supreme Court upheld it in 2010. Despite an international campaign for clemency, that verdict was ratified by the interior ministry.

    Rizana Nafeek, a 17-year-old Sri Lankan maid, beheaded in Saudi Arabia | World | News | National Post
     
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    It seems beheading is something special in islam
     
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    The Saudis had beheaded a Pakistani for drug smuggling!

    Master beheaders!
     
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    Sri Lanka recalls ambassador over Saudi execution - Channel NewsAsia

    COLOMBO: Sri Lanka recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia Thursday to protest the beheading of a maid in the kingdom as her family pressed for her remains to be flown home.

    Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary Karunatillake Amunugama said they asked ambassador Ahmed A. Jawad to return home immediately to register Colombo's protest over Wednesday's execution of Rizana Nafeek at a prison near Riyadh.

    "We are recalling him to show our displeasure," Amunugama told reporters in Colombo. He said Sri Lanka had made repeated appeals to spare her life.

    The move came as President Mahinda Rajapakse deplored the execution which was carried out despite his latest clemency appeal over the weekend.

    The family of Nafeek was in shock after hearing of the beheading and was pleading with the authorities to bring back her body, said family friend, Abdul Jihad, in the eastern village of Muttur.

    "The family is completely heartbroken," Jihad, 46, told AFP by telephone. "They want Rizana's body brought back, although we have been told that they have already buried her."

    Jihad, a science teacher at a local school who had taught Rizana, said the Sri Lankan authorities had earlier raised the family's hopes with their repeated appeals for clemency.

    "The villagers will pray for her tomorrow after Friday prayers," Jihad said, adding that Rizana had travelled to Saudi Arabia in 2005 to work as a housemaid when she was barely 17.

    She had hoped to earn enough to build a house for her family, who are living in a makeshift home, said Jihad.

    "The mother is still in shock and her father is very ill and will be hospitalised soon," he added.

    The European Union expressed dismay and said it had asked Saudi authorities to commute the death penalty.

    Sri Lankan newspapers carried banner headlines about the execution and parliament observed a minute's silence on Wednesday, while some lawmakers called for a ban on sending local women to Saudi Arabia to work as housemaids.

    Human rights groups have condemned the beheading, noting that Nafeek was just 17 when she was accused of killing the baby of her Saudi employer.

    She was found guilty of smothering the infant after an argument with the child's mother, the Saudi interior ministry has said.

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Nafeek had retracted "a confession" that she said was made under duress. She said the baby died in a choking accident while drinking from a bottle.

    "In executing Rizana Nafeek, Saudi authorities demonstrated callous disregard for basic humanity as well as Saudi Arabia's international legal obligations," the New York-based watchdog's senior women's rights researcher, Nisha Varia, said.

    Last year the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom beheaded 76 people, according to an AFP tally based on official figures, while HRW put the number at 69.

    - AFP/jc
     
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    sometime ago a saudi prince murdered his male servant maid apparently in a gay sexual act in London? so what punishment did this gay prince got? may be roaming Scot free in his ferrari!!!
     
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    The executioner is quite the celebrity in Saudi Arabia it seems
     
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    Now, from the news above:

    Note, the key word is 'hashish.'

    Now, let us explore the word 'assassin.'

    Source: Assassins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So, the question is, is usage of hashish allowed in Islam or not? I would like to know what Wahhabi interpreters have to say about this.
     
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    I know these fat a$$ lazy arabs...to hide their own crimes they must have targeted poor SL girl who was away from her family to earn money and build house for her parents...I am sure the girl must be innocent...rest in peace my Srilankan sister....
     
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    This is cruel these idiots are good for only this killing womens & 90 year old freak marrying 20 year old girl & torturing

    But Srilanka can send their Jf-17thunders to saudi & bomb them which are about to buy:thumb: or ask their all weather ally Pak to fight off saudis:thumb:

    Sri Lanka to buy six China-made fighter jets - China News - SINA English

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    Please read below quotes which shows how poor workers from poor countries are treated in ME states and by those cruel brainless arabs,

    Now an interview taken by new yorker reporter with 2 Indian workers throws more light on this
    And now the sad part of Rizzana's story when she was inside jail :(

    A Maid's Execution in Saudi Arabia : The New Yorker
     
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    I spent some time in the Middle East as a child and even back then I knew Saudi Arabia was a POS. It's literally a medieval society with a barrage of Porches. Granted the entire region was composed of tribal societies which suddenly came upon oil. However some countries have at least tried to modernize and elevate their population. Saudi Arabia is not one of them.

    The fact of the matter is that low skilled workers in Arab countries are extremely vulnerable to abuse. Unfortunately for them it's still worth the risk given the even poorer conditions at home. I can't speak for all South Asian countries. But a country like India (the only one I know) can definitely implement labor and economic reform to create opportunities for low skilled workers at home (currently the most neglected). In fact, if India were serious about building an infrastructure it actually has a ready-made trained workforce which it can attract back home.
     
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    Americans always support democracy if im not wrong? what kind of democracy is that in saudi beheading people but u support saudis a lot i think u need the OIL

    Oh i forgot u people are double standard u support those with whom ur intrest is , doesn't matter what dirty thing they do .Keep it up super power:thumb:

    Remember Al queeda & Taliban frankenstein whom u created in 80's is kicking u people badly in afghan all the best :sad::lol::taunt::thumb::namaste:
     
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    Don't mix Islam and Arab culture.
     
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    Muhammad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Yes, true, but such acts are there in Mahabharata as well. Those were the days, but this type of capital punishment is not compatible with 20+ century.
     
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    The problem is people try to hide these things instead of accepting it and moving on from it. The "justification" and inability of discarding the ideas as unacceptable - in present era - is what creates the bad blood among others..
     
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    There is nothing other than Arab Culture in Islam.
     
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    Shia Islam is mostly Persian in culture, rather than Arab. Even Islam in India and Turkic nations, while mostly Sunni, contains a huge Persian influence. Even basic religious words like "namaz" (prayer) in Turkish and Urdu come from Persian, rather than Arabic (where it is called "salah").

    In other places at the extremities of the Islamic World, like West Africa and Indonesia, there is also a huge influence of native culture on Islam.
     
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