Indonesia angry over sudden execution of second maid in Saudi Arabia

Indonesian officials summoned the Saudi ambassador, despite facing claims of hypocrisy as it ignores appeals against its own executions of foreigners
Indonesia angry over sudden execution of second maid in Saudi Arabia
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By Staff writer
Sun 19 Apr 2015 12:46 PM

Saudi Arabia has reportedly executed a second Indonesian maid without warning her home country, causing a diplomatic rift between the two states.

Karni Bt. Medi Tarsim, 37, was beheaded without official warning on April 16, according to Indonesian media. She had been convicted of killing her employer's four-year-old child.

It followed the execution of Siti Zaenab Bt. Duhri Rupa, who was believed to have a mental illness, on Tuesday.

Siti was sentenced to death in 1999 for the killing of her employer’s wife. The execution was stayed until the victim’s youngest child was old enough to decide whether to pardon her, which he did not.

Indonesian officials summoned the Saudi ambassador after each of the executions to complain about the lack of warning.

However, the government has been accused of hypocrisy as it refuses to heed to the appeals of other countries whose citizens are languishing on death row.

Under the new president Jokowi Widodo, Indonesia has carried out at least six executions since November and is expected to carry out more any day after it transferred several prisoners to the island where it carries out the shootings.

In a press conference on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir denied the Indonesian government’s death sentence policy was hypocritical as it appeal to save its own citizens.

“If you read our constitution, it is the job, the role of the government to protect its citizens, right? So it's not a double standard," Nasir said, according to CNN.

"On the issue of death penalty, we can have a long debate whether it is against human rights or it is morally wrong or right. That's a whole other discussion, that's a whole other argument, but what we're saying now here is we are implementing our laws and we are adhering to our constitution that we have to protect our citizens abroad."

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