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Riyadh questions maid torture claim - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Riyadh questions maid torture claim - Middle East - Al Jazeera English: "Saudi government officials have questioned the account of a Sri Lankan maid who said her Saudi employers planted 24 nails and needles into her body.

Saad al-Badah, the chairman of the National Recruitment Committee, told Saudi state television on Tuesday that the account of L.T. Ariyawathi seemed '80 per cent fabricated' and suggested the motive could be extortion.

He questioned how the woman, who worked for a Saudi family in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, for five months until August, could have continued to be healthy and without infection with nails in her body.

He also said that it was hard to believe she could have passed through several airport metal detectors on her return from Riyadh with so many pieces of metal in her body.

'Even someone with just one coin in his pocket has to remove it when passing through the detector,' Badah said.

Abdel-Hadi Abaeri, the head of the security depar…