Teenage Sri Lankan faces beheading in Saudi Arabia | Connect Asia

Teenage Sri Lankan faces beheading in Saudi Arabia

Teenage Sri Lankan faces beheading in Saudi Arabia

Posted 22 May 2009, 11:57 AEST

A Sri Lankan teenager who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia may escape beheading due to the attention her case attracted.

Rizana Nafeek was 17 years old when she was accused by the Saudi family we worked for of killing their baby, which choked while she was feeding it. She was found guilty and was to be beheaded, but human rights groups criticised problems with the case, and funds were raised to hire lawyers to defend her. The Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong, says many Asian governments depend on remittances and don't want to risk offending countries which employ their nationals.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Basil Fernando, director Asian Human Rights Commission

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