Indonesia urges Saudi Arabia to stop execution of maid


saudi arabia king abdullah bin abulazizJakarta called Monday for a Saudi family to accept a substantial payment and halt the impending execution of an Indonesian maid on death row in the kingdom for murder.

Under Islamic sharia law followed in Saudi Arabia, the family of a victim can settle for “blood money” instead of an execution.

However Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister Wardana told reporters that contributions from the government and maid protection groups had not raised the required seven million riyal ($1.9 million), but only four million.

If the execution of Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad goes ahead, it could set back attempts by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to mend ties damaged by the 2011 beheading of an Indonesian maid, who was also guilty of murder.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest destination for Indonesian maids, with around one million in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Officials in Jakarta expect Ahmad, sentenced to death in 2011 for murdering her employer’s wife and stealing money, to be executed in early April unless the victim’s family accepts the money offered and forgives her.

“It is now in the hands of the victim’s family,” said Wardana, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, appealing for them to accept the lower payment.

The Indonesian government had already succeeded in getting the execution delayed five times in the two and a half years since her conviction, officials said.

The 2011 execution infuriated Indonesia, particularly as Saudi authorities failed to inform Jakarta beforehand.

Indonesia placed a moratorium on sending new maids to Saudi Arabia following the beheading but the countries took a step towards overcoming their differences with the signing of an agreement last month to give maids in the kingdom better protection.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict version of sharia law.




15 responses to “Indonesia urges Saudi Arabia to stop execution of maid”

  1. Hannibal Avatar

    as if you need the money you bearded morons…

    1. Reasonableman Avatar

      The government is not the one entitled to the money, its the murdered family who is.
      not belittling you but yalibnan as usual falsely reported it asif its the saud family on the recieving end.

      1. barabie Avatar

        The article is from naharnet, one of the most biased and misleading sources.

        1. Reasonableman Avatar

          I wish I read that before replying to these posts lol

      2. libnan1 Avatar

        If she was convicted of the murder she should receive the appropriate punishment NOT buy her way out of it. What kind of justice is this? it’s called DONKEY justice.

        1. Reasonableman Avatar

          It is the victoms nearest kin who decide to accept the money or not you fool.

          1. libnan1 Avatar

            I guess you didn’t get my point. There should not be a choice fool….You try to get away with that kind of justice where you live.

          2. Reasonableman Avatar

            No I wont get away with it and I wouldnt murder my boss or harm his kids, the reality is there are 3 decisions.
            1)forgive and let live
            2)blood money
            3)kill the killer.
            its up to the victoms family (also paying for the loss of the victom) to decide. The best is to forgive because you can build a strong bond with other members of the alleged’s family

            Blood money allows leaders of community to get together and the money is a compensation and you must also forgive after the money has been recieved.

            killing the other alleged makes you just as mentaly imbalanced as the person who killed in the first place.

            muslims are urged to pick 1 and 2 as this increases relationships between people.

            unlike cells which you will have to wait the life sentance and probably still hold grudges when the alleged comes out because lack of reconciliation. Even a dog gets put down after 2 months in the pound why should a human suffer.

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar

          And where IS justice, Libnan1 ?? Do we even see the whole ‘case’ files here??
          One might assume it’s a ‘business plan’ too.
          1. Hire Maid at minimum wage – overwork her – make her wear full sheets in heat.
          2. Let wife bitch at her constantly. Tell her she will never see family again, etc.
          3. Maid eliminates wife.
          4. Ask for ‘justice’ with approved indignation, and show sorrow. Set ‘Price’.
          5. Bargaining allowed – decide how low to go, or have head-chopping display.
          6. Feel good about it all. Top guy approves.

          1. libnan1 Avatar

            Sad … my point to Reasonnot was justice should not be we kill you unless you pay $1M. It’s like rich people could get away with murder. But that is the Wahabi justice, no wonder why people like Reasonnot and Btru did not immigrate to Saudi they preferred Aus. Yet they still defend the Wahabi way of living … go figure.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            True enough … but then you need all the other little things in place to show the ‘public’ that justice, in total, can be carried out within the society. And a ‘death penalty’ is the cheap way to handle it … even if it makes too much finality.
            (another case recently of a person on death-row for years in USA; released when all real evidence finally obtained. Couldn’t even have that small-comfort ‘justice’ if he was dead – but the records are public… society attempts to watch.)

  2. Hannibal Avatar

    Apostasy? Bite me…

  3. Prophettttt Avatar

    Kingdom of darkness and backwardness.

    1. barabie Avatar

      as opposed to your beloved iran, which is a beacon of democracy and freedom lol

  4. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Oh we’ll if your a real Muslim then the beheading is not an issue, and if you want to live in S.A and you get caught out then punishment dished out is fair. If you can buy your way out then it’s only because the rules allow you to do so. That’s the way the Saudis role, so why are people complaining? If you don’t like it don’t go there, stay the f&@k away and mind your own business. Call them dark, call them backwards whatever they don’t tell us what to do. If it’s a problem and people want to condemn the system let it be the Saudis themselves not other governments.

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