Aug 23 (Arab News) RIYADH- The Royal Court has forwarded the case of Sri Lankan death row housemaid Rizana Nafeek for an amicable settlement with the Saudi parents of the child she was convicted of killing, reliable sources told Arab News on Monday.
Arab News learned that the case had been referred from the Royal Court to the Riyadh governorate through the Ministry of Interior during the first week of the holy month of Ramadan.
On June 16, 2007, Nafeek was sentenced to death by a three-member bench at the Dawadmi High Court for killing the baby she was entrusted to look after in the absence of her Saudi employers at home. The accused maintained that the newborn choked during bottle-feeding, and that she tried to seek help.
During an appeal made on behalf of the accused, the judgment was upheld by the Supreme Court in Riyadh on Sept. 25, last year. Subsequently, the case was forwarded to the Royal Court for necessary action.
In September last year, Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa had also requested Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to pardon Nafeek.
Sri Lankan Ambassador Ahmed A. Jawad met Riyadh Acting Gov. Prince Sattam last week for an update on the progress of the case. During discussions, the prince confirmed that the case was now being taken up by the Reconciliation Committee (RC) of the governorate, whose members were currently negotiating with the parents of the deceased child.