Saudi Arabia slams world reaction to Sri Lankan maid's beheading

Manama, Jan 14 (ANI): Saudi Arabia has slammed the world's reaction to its beheading of a Sri Lankan maid accused of killing a baby in her care.

According to the state-run media, a government spokesman stressed that Riyadh 'deplores the statements made over the execution of a Sri Lankan maid who had plotted and killed an infant by suffocating him to death, one week after she arrived in the kingdom'.

Rizana Nafeek, 17, was beheaded on Wednesday in a case that sparked widespread international condemnation.

Nafeek was found guilty of smothering the infant after an argument with the child's mother in 2005.

According to Gulf News, the Saudi government spokesman condemned what he called "wrong information on the case," and denied that the maid was a minor when she committed the crime.

He said that as per her passport, she was 21 years old when she committed the crime.

He also said the authorities had tried hard to convince the baby's family to accept "blood money," but they rejected any amnesty and insisted that the maid be executed.

The UN's human rights body expressed "deep dismay" at the beheading, and the European Union said it had asked the Saudi authorities to commute the death penalty, the report said. (ANI)

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