Saudi Court to review stoning sentence of Sri Lankan maid

Activists stage a demonstration outside the UN offices in Colombo on December 3, 2015, protesting the death sentence passed by Saudi authorities on a Sri Lankan domestic worker. (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

A Saudi court has decided to reopen the case of a Sri Lankan woman who had been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, following appeals by Sri Lankan government officials. Deputy foreign minister Harsha de Silva told parliament on Tuesday that an appeals court in Riyadh has decided to re-hear the case. “We see this as a victory,” he said, adding that the ministry will bear all the legal expenses and “make the fullest efforts in order to get this judgment changed”.

The 45-year-old married mother of two, who was working as a maid in Saudi Arabia, was convicted in August along with the unmarried man who allegedly participated in the adultery. But the man, also from Sri Lanka, was sentenced to only 100 lashes while the woman was sentenced to death by stoning.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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