A Sri Lankan expatriate in Kuwait convicted in a murder case was to be executed by hanging on Tuesday.
However, thanks to the prompt intervention by Sri Lanka`s ambassador in Kuwait S.A.C.M. Zulyle, a postponement of the execution was granted by His Holiness Emir of Kuwait at the eleventh hour, Sri Lanka`s Embassy in Kuwait said.
?The impending hanging of K.G.S. Ruwankumara was announced only on November 19. However, the Sri Lankan Embassy went into action immediately to save the life of the convict. The Emir had positively responded to the ambassador`s urgent appeal,? embassy sources said.
Four other Sri Lankans too had been convicted for the murder of S.H. Irangani in Kuwait in May 2004.
However, an anonymous benefactor had saved these four from being executed by paying a huge sum of money by way of compensation to the family of the victim. On a subsequent appeal, their sentence was commuted to life imprisonment while Ruwankumara`s was not.
The ambassador is in touch with Sri Lankan authorities regarding the further steps to be taken in a bid to secure a reprieve for the five murder convicts, the Embassy added.