Jammiyathul Ulama appeals against Rizana’s verdict
COLOMBO: The Jammiyathul Ulama Council Kinniya Branch has made
a humanitarian appeal against the verdict imposed on Rizana Nazik who is
in death row for allegedly murdering the four month infant of her
employer in Saudi Arabia.
The Council has mentioned in its appeal that considering the family
background and the girl’s age, she should be considered for pardon.
Rizana’s family is poor and experienced the worst outcome of the
ethnic conflict, the Council said.
The girl was sent to Saudi Arabia on a fake travel document by a
foreign employment agency while she was only 17. The All Ceylon
Jammiyathul Ulama Kinniya Branch President Moulavi A.R. Nasar said
Rizana had not had any previous experience in handling an infant.
She is poor in Arabic language and was not given any legal
assistance. The verdict against the girl was unfair and should be
reconsidered, they said.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Bhaila is to leave for Saudi Arabia
with the Rizana’s parents.
Bhaila will be accompanied by Jammiyathul Ulama Representative
Moulavi M.B.M. Zarook and Director General of Middle East and North
Africa Affairs at the Foreign Ministry Ibrahim Sahib Ansar and Rizana’s
father M.S. Sulthan and mother S.A. Rajeena.
Rizana from Muttur arrived in Saudi Arabia on May 4, 2005 as a
housemaid in the household of Naif Jiziyan Khalif Al Otaibi. A few days
later she was transferred to the family household in Dawadami about 390
km from Riyadh. She was serving there for some time.
The infant chocked to death on May 25, 2005 while Rizana was feeding
The employer argued that the girl deliberately killed the infant.