Pardoned by king, Indonesian maid returns home

Updated 23 June 2014
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Pardoned by king, Indonesian maid returns home

An Indonesian maid who was sentenced to two years and 400 lashes on charges of sorcery has been repatriated home safely, said Dede Achmad Rifai, a spokesman of the Indonesian Embassy, here Sunday.
Rifai refuted allegations of capital punishment handed down to the maid by a Saudi court saying that the maid, Ati Abeh Inan, 40, was never given a death sentence. Referring to the misleading reports published in a section of the press, Rifai said that the official documents clearly state that Ati was proved guilty of sorcery against her employer’s wife and family members by the General Court in Al-Ahsa but was not on death row.
“She was sentenced to two years and 400 lashes for violating civil rights and one year for violating private rights according to the diplomatic note sent by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Indonesian Embassy,” the official said.
The diplomatic note clearly says that the housemaid was not sentenced to death. Since she had completed her sentence she was free to go and was sent to Indonesia early this year, the official asserted.
However, a number of Indonesian domestic workers are confined in jails across the country facing potential death sentences for practicing witchcraft, sorcery or murdering their employers.
Some of them have exhausted all judicial appeals. Migrant Care, an Indonesian NGO which is following up their cases says most of the convicted Indonesian female workers acted in self-defense against maltreatment by employers including sexual or physical abuse.
Saudi Arabia is home to over one million Indonesian workers, mainly domestic helpers and housemaids.


More than 100 volunteers support Makkah’s Civil Defense

Some of the volunteers check their assignments before being deployed in different parts of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 21 May 2018
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More than 100 volunteers support Makkah’s Civil Defense

JEDDAH: More than a hundred men and women have signed up to render volunteer service in support of the Civil Defense Department inside the Grand Mosque of Makkah for the duration of Ramadan.

The volunteers have been trained to help carry out tasks such as first aid, transporting the injured, and assisting the elderly or whoever needs help while at the Grand Mosque.

Work is being done through two teams, Al-Salaam and Sa’ed, and the volunteers are divided into several domains across eight locations inside the mosque.

“The Civil Defense is working with the concerned authorities to serve the visitors of the Grand Mosque since they arrive at its borders in Makkah and until they are inside,” said Makkah Civil Defense spokesman Col. Saeed Sarhan.

Volunteers are tapped to help the Civil Defense Department  during the Ramadan and Hajj seasons when the number of pilgrims and visitors to Makkah swell.