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Indonesia protests Saudi execution of domestic worker


JAKARTA: Jakarta has filed an official protest with Saudi Arabia after the oil-rich kingdom executed an Indonesian domestic worker without notifying her family or consular staff.

Tuti Tursilawati was executed on Monday in the city of Thaif, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said, seven years after she was sentenced to death for killing her employer in an act she claimed was self defence from sexual abuse.

President Joko Widodo criticised the decision yesterday, saying the government has officially protested to Riyadh and demanded better protection of Indonesian workers in the country.

Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, director at the foreign ministry’s Indonesian citizens protection department, told reporters on Tuesday the move was “regrettable”.

“The execution of Tuti Tursilawati was done without notification to our representatives, either in Riyadh or Jeddah,” he said at a press conference. — AFP

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