The Government is attempting to bring down the bodies of the four Sri Lankans who were executed in Saudi Arabia while measures will also be taken to educate foreign job seekers on the domestic laws of countries where they hope to work.
Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said compensation would be given to the families of those executed but at the same time stressed a hue and cry could not be made over the actions of the Saudi authorities as they were carried out under its domestic laws.
`It is not that it is something to be happy about. We will do all we can to help the families of those who were executed. But at the same time it is important that foreign domestic laws are not violated,` Minister Rambukwella told the Daily Mirror.
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday put the bodies of the four Sri Lankans beheaded in Riyadh on public display in an effort to deter a rising crime wave by foreigners.
The Al-Riyadh newspaper said the men were `crucified`- tied to wooden beams after beheading - as part of moves to deter other expatriates from crime.
`There is a pressing need to review many of the negative practices of foreigners in the kingdom,` al-Riyadh quoted Abdel-Rahman al-Luweiheq, who teaches at the Imam bin Saud University, as saying. The international rights group Amnesty International meanwhile appealed to Saudi Arabia to commute all death sentences, following the execution of the four Sri Lankan nationals who were accused of armed robbery.
In a statement Amnesty International said it had repeatedly appealed to the Saudi Arabian authorities on behalf of three of the men adding that while the first three named men were sentenced to death, one believed that he had been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and was not at risk of death.
It also questions the validity of the judicial system of the country,
`The men received an unfair trial and were sentenced in the absence of legal and consular representation. The men`s families and the Sri Lankan authorities were not informed of their executions beforehand`, the statement said.
The victim`s families appealed to the President of Sri Lanka to intervene on behalf of his citizens with no positive result. Amnesty International say the suspects were denied the basic rights to defend themselves.
`Furthermore, defendants may be convicted solely on the basis of `confessions` obtained under duress, including torture or other ill-treatment and trials invariably fall short of international standards for fair trial. Trial proceedings take place behind closed doors, without the defendants being given the right to legal representation, and in the case of foreign nationals, without adequate or no access to consular assistance`, The AI statement said.