Anglican Bishop seeks to reverse death sentence
An Anglican bishop has appealed to the churches to help a Singhalese maid sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia
An Anglican bishop in Sri Lanka has appealed to heads of different Churches to help save a Singhalese maid, Rizana Nafeek, 17, who was sentenced to death for killing a four- month-old-baby in Saudi Arabia.
“I asked the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primate of the Episcopal Church of the United States for aid from their respective governments,” said Bishop Duleep de Chickera of Colombo.
Meanwhile, Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana has planned a special prayer to save Nafeek’s life during his Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Rizana Nafeek was sentenced to death last week after being declared guilty of killing a four-month-old baby of her Saudi employer in 2005.
According to reports, 17-year–old Nafeek went to Saudi Arabia with a fake ID that put her age at 23 and was employed as a housemaid in 2005.
Nafeek claimed the baby left under her care choked to death after she fed him, but her employers accused her of strangling the child.