Indonesian maid who killed her rapist executed in Saudi Arabia

  • 01/11/2018

An Indonesian migrant has been executed by Saudi Arabia years after being found guilty of killing her employer, who was trying to rape her.

Tuti Tursilawati, working in the city of Ta'if, was found guilty of killing her employer in June 2011, and was executed on Monday.

The mother-of-one says she was acting in self-defence, and Indonesia President Joko Widodo has called Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, demanding answers on why Jakarta was not informed about the execution.

It was the fourth time in three years Saudi Arabia had failed to inform Jakarta about the execution of an Indonesian worker.

"We have called Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and conveyed our protest," President Widodo said, according to the office of his cabinet secretary.

The Saudi execution also occurred just a week after a meeting in Jakarta to discuss migrant workers' rights between Mr al-Jubeir, his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi, and President Widodo.

At the meeting, Mr Marsudi emphasised the need for a mandatory notification before carrying out death penalties.

An Indonesian migrant care advocacy group wants Indonesia's government to cancel a recent agreement between the two countries, where they both signed on to "supervise, monitor, and evaluate" the Indonesian workers.

"It turned out that Indonesia's request [to protect the rights of migrant workers] was ignored by executing Tuti," Wahyu Susilo, Executive Director of the group, said.