Family seeks body of maid beheaded in Saudi Arabia
COLOMBO - Distraught family members of a Sri Lankan maid beheaded in Saudi Arabia have asked for her remains to be flown home, a family friend said on Thursday, amid growing anger at the execution.
The family of Rizana Nafeek was in shock after hearing of Wednesday's beheading and was pleading with the authorities to bring back her body, said the friend, Mr Abdul Jihad, in the eastern village of Muttur.
"The family is completely heartbroken," Mr Jihad, 46, told AFP. "They want Rizana's body brought back, although we have been told that they have already buried her."
Mr Jihad, a science teacher at a local school who had taught Rizana, said Sri Lankan authorities had earlier raised the family's hopes with repeated appeals for clemency, the latest over the weekend by President Mahinda Rajapakse.