Sri Lanka Roils Over Saudi Beheading of Maid
Sri Lankan gov't accused of not doing enough to save Rizana Nafeek
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2013 9:12 AM CST
Mohammad Razeena, left, and Mohammad Sultan Nafeek, parents of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan housemaid sentenced to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia, look on in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, July 16, 2007.   (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

(Newser) – Saudi Arabia is coming under heavy criticism for beheading a Sri Lankan maid yesterday, after she was found guilty for killing a baby under her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old, reports al-Jazeera. Human rights groups say Rizana Nafeek was denied access to lawyers during her initial interrogation and first trial, and that giving the death penalty to a minor goes against international conventions. Nafeek allegedly killed the 4-month-old boy after an argument with his mother, although the Nafeek maintained that the child choked on milk during a bottle feeding.

“In executing Rizana Nafeek, Saudi authorities demonstrated callous disregard for basic humanity as well as Saudi Arabia’s international legal obligations,” said an official at Human Rights Watch. Saudi Arabia beheaded as many as 76 people last year, as judges there are free to interpret the country's strict Wahhabi school of Islam as they see fit, with little regard to written laws or precedent, according to the Daily Beast. Prior beheadings of maids from Indonesia and the Philippines have caused outcries in those countries.

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Jan 11, 2013 12:08 AM CST
Islam... Another examples of this not so peaceful religion... May Mohammed be fucked in the ass by a goat...
Jan 10, 2013 6:59 PM CST
an arab savage will be an arab savage, dont matter where they are!
Jan 10, 2013 12:59 PM CST
A fascinating discussion that leaves out one very important Liberal premise that has been hailed to the 4 winds for many, many years: Respect the culture and practices of different countries. This was the mantra we all heard after 9/11 when everyone was attacking Islam. Liberals said that the terrorists did not represent the majority of Islam and that we should respect their cultures. So, Libs, what's happened to the love? How can you say through one side of your mouth that we should respect other countries cultures and practices and yet berate them through the other side of your mouth when they do something you don't like?