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Monday, 07 December 2015 - 12:28
Muslim Council Calls on Saudi Arabia to Pardon 2 Lankans
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The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has expressed its grievances and has reached out to the Saudi Highness on behalf of the people of Sri Lanka for clemency for the house maid sentenced to death by stoning for adultery and the Sri Lankan male due to receive 100 lashes.

The Muslim Council stated that the housemaid and the other Lankan worker were unaware of the law and cultural practices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Issuing a statement the Council said their illiteracy in this respect is solely due to their underprivileged and marginalized socio-economic background in Sri Lanka, which denied them even the minimum level of education required to be aware of complexities in a legal and cultural system that is inherently foreign to them.

The Council said they respect the law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the decision by the Saudi Arabian judiciary and at the same time believes that on extremely humanitarian grounds the two convicted individuals from Sri Lanka deserve pardon.

The statement added His Majesty’s kind intervention in pardoning these victims would enhance the high esteem in which Sri Lankan’s hold Islam, the people and the kingdom of Sri Lanka.

Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Atukorale said that her Ministry and the Foreign Ministry are in touch with the relevant authorities in Saudi Arabia to seek clemency for the maid.

The Government was urged to ban sending maids to Saudi Arabia but Atukorale told Parliament no such decision has been taken yet.

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