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Saudi beheads Sri Lankan maid for murdering baby

Published on Jan 9, 2013 7:32 PM
 
Muslim women pilgrims making their way to throw cast stones at a pillar, symbolising the stoning of Satan in Saudi ArabiaThe country beheaded a Sri Lankan maid on Wednesday after she was convicted of murdering her employer's baby, the interior ministry announced, despite calls for a stay of execution.-- PHOTO:AP

RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia beheaded a Sri Lankan maid on Wednesday after she was convicted of murdering her employer's baby, the interior ministry announced, despite calls for a stay of execution.

Rizana Nafeek smothered the infant to death after an argument with the child's mother, her employer, the ministry statement carried by the official SPA news agency said.

She was beheaded in the Dawadmi province near the capital Riyadh.

Human Rights Watch had on Tuesday urged Saudi King Abdullah and the interior ministry to halt Nafeek's execution.

 
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