Jakarta seeks clemency for maid on death row

Updated 26 March 2014

Jakarta seeks clemency for maid on death row

JAKARTA: Jakarta called Monday for a Saudi family to accept a substantial payment and halt the impending execution of an Indonesian maid on death row in the Kingdom for murder.
Officials in Jakarta expect Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad, sentenced to death in 2011 for murdering her employer’s wife and stealing money, to be executed in early April unless the victim’s family accepts the money offered and forgives her.
Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister Wardana told reporters that contributions from the government and maid protection groups had not raised the required SR7 million, but only four million.
“It is now in the hands of the victim’s family,” said Wardana, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, appealing for them to accept the lower payment.
The Indonesian government had already succeeded in getting the execution delayed five times in the two and a half years since her conviction, officials said.


Lithuania designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

Updated 51 min 35 sec ago

Lithuania designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

  • Lithuania FM says country received information from partners leading to decision
  • The country joins the US, Israel, Britain, Germany, and Arab League and Gulf Arab states in the decision

VILNIUS, Lithuania: Lithuania on Thursday designated the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group as a terrorist organization and issued a 10-year ban on all individuals related to the Iran-backed group from entering the Baltic nation’s territory.
“After receiving valuable information from our foreign partners, we can assume that Hezbollah is functioning on the principles of terrorist organization,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said.
Linkevicius added, without elaborating, that some persons with the Iran-backed organization also pose threat to Lithuania’s national security.
Hezbollah emerged as a ragtag guerrilla group in the 1980s, funded by Iran to battle Israeli troops occupying southern Lebanon. A protracted guerrilla war, characterized by roadside bombs and sniper attacks, eventually forced Israel to withdraw in May 2000. With the exception of an inconclusive, monthlong war in 2006, the volatile frontier has largely remained calm.
The US and Israel, along with Britain, Germany, the Arab League and Gulf Arab states have also designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The European Union has only designated the group’s military wing as terrorist, in the aftermath of an attack on a tourist bus in Bulgaria in 2012.