Saudi King was willing to pay blood money for Rizana – Minister Keheliya

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella

On the request of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa,   the King of Saudi Arabia made every effort to save the life of Riza Nafeek and the Saudi Arabian King was even prepared to pay 3 million Saudi Riyals as blood money to the parents of the dead child without causing any cost to Sri Lanka. However, the parents of the dead child were not willing to accept the blood money and as per the Shariah Laws that is the prevailing Laws in Saudi Arabia Rizana had been executed.

This was disclosed by Minister Keheliya Rambukwella addressing the media personnel after the Cabinet Decisions announcement media conference held at the Committee Room No. 1 of the Parliamentary complex today (10th Jan.).


Source: Government News Portal