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Protesters gathered outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Colombo on Tuesday and yesterday to demand the release of a young Sri Lankan maid who is due to be executed for allegedly killing a baby in her care.
Rizana Nafeek was sentenced to death in October 2010 after being found guilty of killing the four-month-old baby of her Saudi employer in 2005.
She was 17 years old at the time of the alleged killing and had only just arrived in the country on a fake ID that put her age at 23.
Her death sentence was approved by the Saudi Dawadmi high court, but was later suspended by the Saudi king following a request made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier this year.
The sentence will remain suspended until confirmed by the king, who is to review her case very soon.
Another option for a reprieve would be for the parents of the dead child to pardon Nafeek, which is allowed under Sharia law.
However, concern is mounting after the recent beheading of a female Indonesian domestic worker.