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Rizana Nafeek Executed by Beheading in Saudi Arabia

Rizana NafeekA Sri Lankan maid convicted of killing a baby in her care has been executed by beheading in Saudi Arabia.

Rizana Nafeek, who was only 17 when she allegedly killed her employer’s 4-month-old baby, was sentenced to death in 2005 despite the fact that she  was a child and was denied legal aid.

Nafeek, who did not speak Arabic, insisted that her “confession” was coerced during a brutal interrogation and that the baby died from choking while drinking from a bottle.

Human rights advocates slammed Saudi Arabia for carrying out the execution.

“This girl is a victim of flaws in the Saudi Arabian judicial system,” Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. “She had no lawyer prior to her sentencing and no access to a competent translator before or during her trial.”

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had requested that Saudi King Abdullah release Nafeek, who entered the kingdom illegally in search of employment, but Rajapaksa’s plea was ignored.

Members of the Sri Lankan parliament observed a moment of silence following Nafeek’s execution.

Only three countries– Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan– execute people for crimes committed when they were minors. The United States stopped sentencing children to death following the Supreme Court’s 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision.

Among the crimes that can result in execution in Saudi Arabia, which is ruled under a particularly severe form of Islamic Sharia law, are: murder, rape, false prophecy, armed robbery, repeated drug use, apostasy (renouncing Islam), adultery, homosexuality, witchcraft and sorcery. Executions are nearly always carried out by public beheading.

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  1. HLANGLJanuary 11, 2013 at 8:55 amReply

    The basic question for me from the beginning, more than whether she had been actually 17 or 23 by the time this incident had taken place in 2005, whether this had been any fair trial ???.
    – Where are the postmortem reports of the infant died ?. Had there been any such postmortem conducted at all ?. Where was the evidence that the infant died due to a murder & it’s not by accident, except the allegations ?.
    – What about the communication gap between her & the trial proceedings in this case ?. Was there any competent interprter involved ?.
    – Did she has access to any lawyer during the initial trials ?.
    All above have been unanswered by these stupid swolled headed officials in Saudi.
    Do they have any right to execute, that again by beheading, even an adult without having any proper evidence ?. Be it Shariah or any garbage, what kind of logic it has to behead anyone, without any proper evidence ?.
    These barbarians should be eradicated from this world sooner than later, shame on them. The world will be much better off without these selfish, swollen – headed, irrational, idiotic bastards and their Shariah…

  2. Nalliah ThayabharanJanuary 11, 2013 at 5:57 pmReply

    Warlord Abdulaziz raided many places in Najd to feed his family. On the night of January 15, 1902, 26 years old warlord Abdulaziz led 40 men climbed over the walls of the city of Riyadh on tilted palm trees and took the city of Riyadh. The Rashidi governor of the city of Riyadh, Ajlan, was killed in front of his own fortress – Masmak fort. Beginning with the conquest city of Riyadh in 1902, Warlord Abdulaziz consolidated his control over the Najd in 1922, and then conquered the Hijaz in 1925. The Wahhabis and UK supported warlord Abdulaziz and legitimized warlord Abdulaziz and his fight against the Ottoman Empire. Having conquered almost all of central Arabia, UK supported warlord Abdulaziz united his dominions into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932 and changed his name as King Saud bin Abdulaziz. Since then the House of Saud always supports UK and its allies including USA. Warlord Abdulaziz married more than twenty women and fathered over sixty eight children including all of the subsequent kings of Saudi Arabia.Today more than 7,000 princes in the House of Saud, the result of multiple wives and lots of progeny.
    In 1863 the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Rothschilds used one of their agents in USA, John D. Rockefeller to form an oil business called Standard Oil which eventually took over all of its competition in USA. Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938 by US geologists working for Standard Oil. Standard Oil obtained a 50 year concession granted by Abdulaziz for an immediate payment of 30,000 gold sovereigns, veritably one of the greatest bargains in history. When the extent of breathtakingly large oil reserves became evident in Saudi Arabia, Exxon, Texaco Mobil and others joined in to form the mighty Aramco consortium.
    In exchange for security of the House of Saud dynasty by USA, the Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth and revenues have been handed over for exploitation and benefit of the Zionists and their Wall Street Corporations. The House of Saud regime controls “the largest family business” in the world without any popular mandate or accountability.
    When Warlord Abdulaziz took control of the Holy Places in Arabia from the Ottoman Empire with British support, he destroyed 15 centuries of Islamic heritage, including the desecration of the tombs of the wives and companions of the Holy Prophet, in the iconoclastic imposition of Wahhabism. The iconoclastic Wahhabi House of Saud gradually destroyed several holy shrines, including historical places of Islam from the Prophet’s house in Mecca and companion Ayoob Ansari’s house in Medina and turned them into apartment buildings and hotels. They also turned the site of the Prophet’s wives’ houses into a parking lot. Art, Music, dancing, laughing and weeping (including at funerals) have been forbidden by the Wahhabis. For a Wahhabi listening to music or dancing is haram but detonating explosive and killing innocent human beings is permissible.
    To enforce Wahhabism morals enforcers known as mutawwiin have been integral to the Wahhabi movement since its inception. Mutawwiin serve as missionaries, as enforcers of public morals, and as “public ministers of the religion” who preach in the Friday mosque. In addition to enforcing male attendance at public prayer, the mutawwiin also have been responsible for supervising the closing of shops at prayer time, for looking out for infractions of public morality such as playing music, dancing, smoking, drinking alcohol, men having hair that is too long or women who are not fully covered and dressing immodestly.
    The Wahhabi-backed warlord Abdulaziz took full control of the Hijaz, Mecca and Medina, in 1924 and established the modern state of Saudi Arabia, with Wahhabism as its official religion. Since then the House of Saud has promoted Wahhabism as normative Islam throughout the Islamic world. The House of Saud was consolidated on massive oil wealth and has spent huge sums of money building Wahhabi mosques, publishing Wahhabi literature and funding Wahhabi organizations world-wide. Today, with Wahhabi control of the Holy Places intact, virtually every aspect and corner of modern Islam has been penetrated by Wahhabi influence through the agency of the House of Saud.
    Through the control of the Hajj – the beating heart of Islam – and through their vigorous publication and propaganda means, almost all the Muslims are infected with Wahhabism to some extent.
    In Saudi Arabia there is no Church, Synagogue, Buddhist nor Hindu Temple is allowed. Wahhabism (pseudo Salafism) is NOT a religion of tolerance. Wahhabism provides the fundamental base for Jihadism which causes unending strife and misery. It is not Iran that should be bombed. In Iran there are still Jews living there and praying in their Synagogues. Muammar al-Gaddafi respected Christian and Jewish religions and their Churches, Synagogues in Libya but American, English, French, Saudi and Qatari financed terrorists destroyed Churches, Synagogues recently. Buddhist Temples including Bamiyan Buddha statues have survived in Islamic countries for centuries, but they could not survive under the Wahhabism.
    Washington and London are protecting Wahhabi extremists. In Syria Christians and their Churches were safe before the Westerners began sending their Wahhabi fanatics to kill innocent Syrian civilians.
    In Bosnia and Kosovo, under the guise of “reconstruction aid”, Saudi Arabia, Kuwaiti, and other Wahhabi organizations have demolished and removed major Islamic monuments (survived attacks by Serbian and Croatian militias) which were created by Muslims with an Islamic culture and tradition stretching back to 14th century long before Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab made his 1744 alliance with the warlord Muhammad Ibn Saud who founded the Saudi dynasty – House of Saud.
    In post- Muammar al-Gaddafi Libya,Wahhabi Jihadists bulldozed several Libyan Sufi mosques (including the Tripoli’s Al-Shaab Al-Dahman mosque) and Sufi graves (including the tombs of Libyan Sufi scholars Abdullah al-Sha’ab, Abdel Salam al-Asmar and of soldiers who fought Spanish colonialists). Wahhabi Jihadists also burned down several historic Sufi libraries in Libya recently.

  3. HLANGLJanuary 12, 2013 at 1:42 pmReply

    I’m a Sri Lankan Sinhalese, had been following this case for a couple of years now.
    I have to say that this is an utter tragedy & I’m sure that it’s strongly felt by people who have any decent conscience despite whatever the differences; race, language, religion, culture, social status, income level, whatever…. This girl had been very young at the time of the incident & seems to have come from the poorest & the least privileged layer of the society even by SL standards which may have led her to seek for an employment even at the tender age of 17, even by letting to falsify the documents, knowingly or unknowingly. To me, what had been so shocking is that how any legal system can convict a person & order to execute, that again by beheading, without having any proper evidence/proof ?. Even an adult ?. Had this been any fair trial ?. Where’s the postmortem report of the infant died, seems like such a proper postmortem had not even been conducted. Was there any competent unbiased interpreter/translator involved as she couldn’t speak Arabic or not competent at least in English, so there must have been a clear gap in communication which can be so vital & tricky especially in a trial like this ?. Was there any lawyer to appear for her in order to provide any legal assistance/guidance ?. She seems to have been a mere defenseless person in a virtually unknown land during the initial trials which convicted her & ordered her to be executed. Then, to make things worse, the appeal also upheld the conviction. The officials must have clearly known the full background at least by then, how ignorant, mindless, selfish, swollen-headed, hypocrite, for them not to overturn the conviction even when they clearly knew that the initial conviction had not been given by any fair trial. They may have been so reluctant to accept that fact. How can this kind of a mindless irrational law, be it coming from religion or whatever, still survive in this 21st century, especially in a country accepted by UN ?. This is no medieval times, people have to understand. It’s true that most of things happening these days in Sri Lanka as well are in a total mess, some criminals are escaping the law, some unwanted drama like Chief Justice’s impeachment is dragging seemingly endlessly, in the meantime several killings has taken place without identifying any criminal/s or letting them to escape law, etc. But, to compensate for that, is anyone justifying the conviction of whoever brought before the court in the absence of the actual criminal ?. To convict someone based on mere accusations & hypothesis without having any proper evidence, just for the sake of convicting someone for the crime & make him accountable for it ?. Unless you cannot prove, you have no right to convict someone, that again to behead & take his/her life. You can guess that she may have done the crime, or may not have done it & it was by mere accident, can be either way, so how can anyone be so confirmed if they don’t have proper evidence/proof ?. To me, this whole thing had been an utter shame, shame on Saudi Arabia for not overturning the decision at least during the appeal, shame on Shariah, shame on this land of Barbarians in the middle east to say the least who behead & amputate several dozens annually may be after trials like this. We, as Sri Lankan Sinhalese, have experienced many losses of lives during the past 3 decades, still this single loss of life shocked most simply because how recklessly, mindlessly & selfishly this was handled from the beginning to take the life of this defenseless, least privileged, and seeming innocent young woman who had sought to make a living from her very young age. A classic example for inability of people, despite how higher up in the hierarchy they sit, to see the plain truth before them when they are blindly following any baseless beliefs, be it Shariah or whatever garbage. It’s high time for the people to understand this reality, they all must try to transcend their beliefs, culture, religion, language, nation, all…. Any blind faith, especially if grasped too tightly, can be only destructive. The international community must take these incidents seriously & ask these regimes to impose proper laws over these craps like Shariah. Let it rot in hell for good instead of allowing its executioners to rot innocent people in hell with trials like these. If the officials/regimes of these countries are not willing for this change which seems to be required sooner than later, they should be ready to face the strict consequences. Remember, today you may be judging others, a day will come that you’ll be judged.

  4. anti-muslimJanuary 15, 2013 at 12:03 pmReply

    That is why i hate to step on foot to the muslim lands.. they seems so nice at first but, when you are being accused. No one will hear your side.. they are laughing at you while you are kneeling infront of people as they watch you being executed by beheading.. shame to those who have the power by judging innocent without fair trials.. one day this world of muslims will not go any further no more.. one day judgement day will will be thrown to them. And one every last country will take action to stop this barbaric laws of the muslims.. allahohakbar is sicken down each and every one throat..

  5. ashok192January 19, 2013 at 9:16 amReply

    Saudi Arabia can do this to President Rajapakse as he is a devoted Buddhist and by virtue of being Buddhists the majority populace of Sri Lanka too are not harboring hatred towards anyone or any country acting in the way KSA has done in this case. We will feel the sorrow for a long time into the future too and the compassion in the minds of the Sri Lankan people will be most probably mistaken by these fundamentalist islamic states as our weakness and and that we could be their easy prey as long as our humble and innocent citizens are lured in by offers of ‘greener pastures’ to work for these merciless tribal subjects of a Kingdom that still exists in a pre-civilization age of history even though the western influence of late have made them ‘look’ modern thanks to the petrodollar riches aquired since then. People nowadays forget that greener pastures cannot possibly exist in these rough, dry and unfertile deserts! The minds of the Saudis are also similar to the desert they live on. Rough, dry and unfertile. Most unsuitable for free citizens of a democratic country like Sri Lanka. We had our own blood thirsty terrorist group called LTTE which played havoc with lives of innocent people for almost 30 years and if this was done to one of them by any chance in any part of the world then the revenge would be in cold blood. President Rajapakse’s Sri Lanka did a great favour to the whole civilized world by defeating the fiercest terrorists group the world had ever known, the LTTE in totality never to rise again. It is such a country and such a leader that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia treated so insultingly by ‘killing’ the innocent poor humble minor girl Rizana inspite of the President’s personal appeal to the King himself. Shame! shame!! shame!!!

  6. Nalliah ThayabharanMay 3, 2013 at 8:44 pmReply

    One of the most rigid and reactionary sects in all of Islam today is Wahhabism. It is the official and dominant sect in Saudi Arabia whose sole constitution is the Holy Qur’an.

    Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia’s ruling House of Saud have been intimately and permanently intertwined since their births. Wahhabism created the Saudi monarchy, and the House of Saud spread Wahhabism. One could not have existed without the other. Wahhabism gives the House of Saud legitimacy, and the House of Saud protects and promotes Wahhabism. The two are inseparable because each supports the other and depends on it for survival.

    Unlike Islam in other Muslim countries, however, Wahhabism treats women as third class citizens, imposes the veil on them, and denies them basic human rights such as: driving cars; the freedom of traveling within the country or leaving it without permission or Mahram (“a relative male chaperon”); the interaction with men who are not related to them in order to maintain a complete separation of the sexes; and until a few decades ago denied them public education and banned them from Radio and Television.

    In addition, unlike other Islamic sects, Wahhabism outlaws the celebration of Almoulid (Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday); forbids religious freedom, opposes political freedom of expression by constantly admonishing Saudis to obey their leaders (who are not even elected); bans movie theaters; forces the public and businesses to observe prayers; cows the masses by publicly using the harshest Islamic punishments (applied mostly to the poor, like all other punishments) such as the beheading for convicted killers and the hand-amputation for thieves; denies the Saudi citizenship to non-Muslims; and condoned slavery until the 1960s. Wahhabism also abhors smoking, singing, and dancing. To ensure full compliance of its stern ordinances, the Wahhabi “Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” with its religious police keeps a watchful eye on the Saudi public.

    Wahhabism is highly self-centered and extremely intolerant of progressive ideologies, other religions, and other Islamic sects such as Shiism and Sufism. It despises Arab Nationalism with a great deal of passion, yet it promotes “Saudi” nationalism, despite the fact that any nationalism is considered a violation of Islamic theology due to the concept of Islamic Ummah (“nation”). Wahhabism considers itself to be the only correct way in all of Islam, and any Muslim who opposes it as heretic or non-believer

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