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Rizana Nafeek beheaded for murdering sponsor’s baby

Last updated: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 3:15 PM

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia beheaded a Sri Lankan maid on Wednesday after she was convicted of murdering her employer’s baby, the Ministry of Interior announced.

Rizana Nafeek smothered the infant to death after an argument with the child’s mother, her employer, said the ministry in a statement carried by SPA.

She was beheaded in the Dawadmi province near Riyadh.

Nafeek who was only 17 when the incident occurred in 2005, had always maintained that the baby had choked to death when drinking from a bottle.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had reportedly appealed to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Sunday requesting a stay of execution to allow for further reconciliation efforts.

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