Saudi executes second Indonesian woman

Family members of beheaded Indonesian maid Siti Zainab display a poster bearing her portrait at their family home in Bangkalan in East Java province on April 15. AFP Photo/ Juni Kriswanto

Family members of beheaded Indonesian maid Siti Zainab display a poster bearing her portrait at their family home in Bangkalan in East Java province on April 15. AFP Photo/ Juni Kriswanto

Jakarta [AFP]

Saudi Arabia has executed an Indonesian domestic worker just days after beheading another woman from the country, prompting the Indonesian foreign ministry to summon the kingdom’s ambassador, Jakarta says.

Karni binti Medi Tarsim, 37, was convicted of murdering a four-year-old girl in 2012, according to a statement from the Indonesian foreign ministry.

Her execution in Yanbu, western Saudi Arabia, came two days after another Indonesian helper, Siti Zainab, was beheaded for murder.

In both cases, Jakarta expressed anger that it was not given advance notice of the execution.

Indonesia’s anger at the executions comes despite the fact that Jakarta is due to execute several foreign drug convicts, including Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, in the face of mounting international criticism.

In a statement related to Tarsim’s case, the ministry expressed ‘regret and disappointment that representatives of Indonesia both in Riyadh and Jeddah did not obtain official information regarding the time and place of execution’.

A day before her execution, Tarsim, from the main island of Java, was visited by an Indonesian official but neither the prison authorities nor the convict gave any indication the execution was imminent, the ministry said.

Jakarta said it mounted a sustained campaign to try to save Tarsim, with two letters requesting mercy sent by President Joko Widodo and one by his predecessor.

‘The government of Indonesia has done its utmost to provide legal protection and has sought forgiveness from the victim’s family with the aim of getting Tarsim’s death sentence commuted,’ said the ministry.

Jakarta did not give details of the method used to put Tarsim to death.

Riyadh’s ambassador to Jakarta was summoned to the foreign ministry late on Thursday to hear Jakarta’s complaints about the process. The ambassador, Mustafa Ibrahim Al-Mubarak, was also summoned on Wednesday over the first execution.

Saudi Arabia has long been a major destination for Indonesian workers, but authorities placed a moratorium on sending new helpers to the country in 2011 after the beheading of a maid.

In the first execution on Tuesday, Zainab was beheaded in the Muslim holy city of Medina after being convicted of stabbing a Saudi woman to death in 1999. Rights groups said there were suspicions she was mentally ill.

One response to “Saudi executes second Indonesian woman”

  1. Jon says:

    It’s wrong to differentiate between the Indonesian government’s protest against the execution crimes for which these women were executed with the impending executions of the Bali Duo.

    The evidence against Tarsim was very poor and she would never have been found guilty in any other country which doesn’t execute. Zainab had a clear case for self defence and provocation due to the beatings she received from her employer. In both respects the Indonesian government’s protest was quite justified.

    In the case of the Bali Duo they were caught fair and square with a large trafficable amount of drugs for which the penalty in Indonesia was clearly understood.

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