President Mahinda Rajapaksa had written to His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia, on Monday, appealing for clemency with respect to the Sri Lankan national Ms. Rizana Nafeek. Nafeek was convicted and is facing execution as an outcome of a case related to the death of an infant entrusted to her care.

Nafeek arrived in Saudi Arabia in April 2005.  The unfortunate death of the child took place a month later in May that year.  The Sri Lankan authorities, as well as several well-wishers have been involved in observing the case and facilitating her in coping with her legal issues.

The Ministry of External Affairs reiterated in a release yesterday that Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia maintained excellent bilateral relations. The sentiments of sensitivity, understanding and flexibility continued to characterize the growing ties between the two countries, the statement added

Source: The Daily Mirror – 27.10.2010