Indonesia won’t pay blood money to save maid



JEDDAH: IRFAN MOHAMMED & JET VAN EEGHEN

Published — Tuesday 19 March 2013

Last update 18 March 2013 11:58 pm

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The Indonesian government said it will not consider paying SR 10 million in blood money to save Indonesian housemaid Satinah binti Jumadi Ahmed.
The maid has been on death row in Buraidah since her conviction in September 2011. She was found guilty of killing her female employer, the elderly Nura Al-Garib. Ahmed arrived in the Kingdom to work as a domestic helper in Buraidah in 2006.
The Indonesian government is seeking other ways to help Ahmed after the family of the murdered Saudi requested that the court order her to pay blood money, and annul her death sentence, said an Indonesian Foreign Ministry official.
The ministry’s director for legal aid and protection of Indonesian nationals overseas, Tatang Budie Utama Razak, said they obtained a stay of execution and will approach the victim’s family to ask them to forgive the maid.
“We need certainty,” Tatang said. “If the SR 10 million in blood money has been paid, they will likely ask for another SR 30 or 50 million.”
He added: “First we paid SR 55,000 for Banayah binti Banhawi Sawawi, another Indonesian worker. Then we paid SR 2 million for Darsem binti Dawud Tawa, also a housemaid. The amounts continue to rise. We don’t want this to be just a matter of financial transaction.”
Rayyanul Sangadji, an Indonesian diplomat in Riyadh, told Arab News that “Indonesian officials are still engaged in negotiations with the family of the victim. No final result has yet come out.”
Anis Hidayah, executive director of Indonesian rights group Migrant Care, said Ahmed was arrested three months after arriving to work in Saudi Arabia. Three years later she called her family to tell them she had been sentenced to death because she killed her maid during an argument.
According to reports, Ahmed was cooking in the kitchen and her employer screamed at her angrily. Her employer grabbed her hair and tried to bang her head into the wall. The maid defended herself by spontaneously beating her employer with bread dough and struck the nape of her neck and she fell down.

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