Parents of Lankans sentenced to death in Saudi given opportunity to visit (Watch Video)

Parents of Lankans sentenced to death in Saudi given opportunity to visit (Watch Video)

Written by Staff Writer

15 Feb, 2015 | 9:42 pm

The parents of a group of Sri Lankans who have been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court on the charge of murder, have been given the opportunity to meet their children.

Nilantha Bandara Tennakoon from Mahawa, Gayan Uditha Nanayakkara from Ragama and Christy Devamanikkam from Dehiwala, who left to Saudi Arabia in 2005 to work in a hospital, are the three men who are on death row.

The group of Sri Lankans, who had lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia, had attempted to rob the home of a Yemeni national.

The Yemeni national was killed in a clash that ensued. Eleven people were found guilty in court. Eight  of them have returned to Sri Lanka after serving their prison terms.

Gayan Uditha Nananyakkara, who is on death row in Saudi Arabia, confirmed this to his mother. While the three Sri Lankans parents have been given an opportunity to meet with their children, the parents say that they would rather see a process that would see their children freed eventually.

Although Minister Rauff Hakeem has requested a meeting with Saudi authorities on behalf of the government, such a meeting has not been scheduled as yet.

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