MUSLIM HATE OF JUSTICE!
Teenager may be beheaded
in death of Saudi baby
By Donna Abu-Nasr
Saudi Arabia — Rizana Nafeek, a 19-year-old housemaid from Sri Lanka, is on
death row because the baby in her care died while she was bottle-feeding him. If
her appeal is turned down, she will be taken to a public square to be publicly
Lankan government says it is working for a reprieve and has until Monday to file
the plea. A last-minute pardon by the infant's parents also could spare her. But
if her execution goes ahead, it will be the latest in a surge of beheadings that
could surpass the kingdom's record of 191 in 2005.
for 2007 already is at least 102, including three women, according to Amnesty
always has been the punishment meted out to murderers, rapists, drug traffickers
and armed robbers in Saudi Arabia. Whether what Nafeek did amounts to murder
never has been spelled out by courts or other officials, but Saudi authorities,
facing criticism from foreign human-rights groups, insist they are just
enforcing God's law.
International says some defendants are convicted solely on the basis of
confessions obtained under duress, torture or deception.
the housemaid's sentence, Kate Allen of Amnesty International called it "an
absolute scandal that Saudi Arabia is preparing to behead a teenage girl who
didn't even have a lawyer at her trial."
arrived in the kingdom May 4, 2005, to work as a housemaid. She was given the
additional duty of looking after the baby boy, a job the Sri Lankan Embassy says
she was not trained to do. The embassy says the infant died May 22 while she was
allegedly confessed, the statement said, but then recanted, saying her admission
was obtained under duress.
Human Rights Commission, an independent Hong Kong-based body of jurists and
human-rights activists, said it was an accident. The child was choking, it said,
and Nafeek "was desperately trying to help by way of soothing and stroking the
chest, face and neck of the baby."
estimated 5.6 million foreign workers, many of them Asian, serve a Saudi
population of 22 million. Of the 102 people executed this year, half were
foreigners, according to Amnesty International.
creator, knows best what's good for his people," said Suhaila Hammad of Saudi
Arabia's National Society for Human Rights. "Should we just think of and
preserve the rights of the murderer and not think of the rights of others?"
are carried out with a sword, with no photos allowed. Prisoners, usually
sedated, kneel, flanked by clerics and law-enforcement officials and facing the
prisoner now recites verses from the Quran while a government official reads the
charges and the verdict," according to an account in Arab News. "Halfway through
the reading the executioner suddenly nicks the back of the prisoner's neck with
his sword, causing him to tense and raise his head involuntarily."
one swift move, the prisoner is decapitated.
usually take place in a square next to a mosque.
families pardon prisoners, just minutes before the blade falls. Others do it
before an execution date is set in exchange for money or in response to appeals
from members of the royal family.
case was that of Samira Murait. In 2000 she shot dead a male acquaintance who
stalked her after she married. After mediation efforts and pleas from the public
as well as from a Saudi prince, the family agreed to forgive her. She had spent
seven years in prison.
Nafeek's Saudi employers refused to pardon her, and a court in Ad Dawadimi, 250
miles west of Riyadh, sentenced her to death June 16.
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