Indonesian maid who killed her employer when he tried to sexually assault her executed in Saudi Arabia
The woman, identified as Tuti Tursilawati, who worked in the city of Ta'if, was found guilty of killing her employer in June 2011 and was subsequently executed last week.
Saudi Arabia recently executed an Indonesian maid who killed her employer while attempting to fend off a rape attack. The incident has reportedly sparked an outrage in Jakarta after the Saudi government went ahead with the execution without informing the Indonesia government. The woman, identified as Tuti Tursilawati, who worked in the city of Ta'if, was found guilty of killing her employer in June 2011 and was subsequently executed last week, according to the Daily Mail. Shortly after the execution, the Indonesian President Joko Widodo called on Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, demanding to know why his government was not informed of the execution which occurred on Monday.
Reports state that the execution of the mother-of-one is the fourth in three years when the Saudi government has failed to notify Jakarta before executing an Indonesian migrant worker. "We have called Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and conveyed our protest," the Indonesian president said, according to his cabinet secretary. Reports state that the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia has also been summoned by the president to discuss the issue. A member of the Indonesian parliament, Abidin Fikri, while discussing the matter said: "The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ignored principles of human rights, including a right for everyone to live." According to Indonesian advocacy group, Migrant Care in September had said that Tursilawati, during the incident, was trying to defend herself and her actions do not warrant an execution sentence.
Tursilawati was executed a week after the Saudi foreign minister met his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi and the Indonesian president in Jakarta to discuss migrant workers' right in the kingdom. The Indonesian foreign minister, during the meeting, had reportedly discussed the importance of having a mandatory consular notification before carrying out death penalties, while also calling out for a thorough investigation into the death of the Saudi Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest destination for Indonesian maids and reports state that the two countries, earlier this month, reached an agreement to "supervise, monitor, and evaluate" the workers together.
The executive director at Indonesia's Migrant Care advocacy group, Wahyu Susilo, after the execution, said that Jakarta should cancel the agreement reached with Saudi Arabia as it "ignored" Indonesia's request and executed Tursilawati.