Indonesia won’t pay blood money to save maid

Updated 18 March 2013
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Indonesia won’t pay blood money to save maid

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.


King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud
Updated 22 April 2018
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King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

  • The king praised the Prince Abdul Aziz and the ministry for these 'outstanding achievements"
  • The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent

JEDDAH: King Salman has thanked Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud for the security services’ work in bringing down the crime rate in the past year, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a cable of gratitude on Sunday, King Salman said: “We have read your Highness’ cable ... regarding the positive results of the performance indicators of the Ministry of Interior’s security services for the period from June 25, 2017, to April 18, 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, which showed a significant improvement in the decline in crime rates in general.

“The rate of intentional homicide dropped by 6.5 percent, honor crimes dropped by 14.5 percent, thefts by 2 percent, and armed robberies by 10.5 percent.

“The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent, the number of fatalities decreased by 19.1 percent, and the number of casualties decreased by 15.9 percent.

“In the area of border security and combating drug trafficking, the performance in seizing smugglers rose by 7.1 percent, in controlling the borders and preventing infiltrations rose by 35.5 percent, and in arresting those who are convicted of illegal narcotics drug crimes by 34.95 percent.

“In tracking and arresting violators of residency and labor laws and border security, the measures currently adopted for joint security field campaigns (the 'A Nation without a Violator' campaign) resulted in seizing 987,007 violations to date.”

King Salman thanked the minister and everyone working in all the ministry’s sectors “for these outstanding achievements and successive accomplishments that reflect the efforts made and the steady improvement in performance levels, which led to a significant and obvious decline in crime rates and a rise in the level of safety.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a cable of gratitude to the interior minister for the positive results.

He thanked the prince for the excellent performance of the Interior Ministry’s security services which showed a significant reduction of crime in the fields of premeditated murder, honor, armed robbery, traffic, border security as well as Iqama, labor and border-crossing violators.