Saudi Arabia executed an Indonesian maid last week for killing her alleged rapist.
Rabat – Saudi Arabia executed Tuti Tursilawati, a mother of one child, on October 29, seven years after she was found guilty of killing her employer’s father and given the death penalty.
Tursilawati had beaten her alleged sexual abuser to death with a stick as she feared being raped, according to a migrant activist group.
Tursilawati fled the scene but was repeatedly raped by nine Saudis before the police took her into custody. All her rapists have been tried separately.
Indonesia denounced her execution, saying it was carried out without notifying her family or Indonesian officials in advance.
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Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, the Indonesian foreign ministry’s director for overseas citizen protection, told local press on Tuesday, October 30, that he had personally delivered the news to Tursilawati’s family on a visit to her hometown in Majalengka, Indonesia.
Iqbal added that Tursilawati had not been reacting in self-defense because she wasn’t harassed at the moment she committed the murder.
“It is true that Tuti had been harassed, but not when she committed the murder,” said Iqbal.
An international law expert from the University of Indonesia, Hikmahanto Juwana, asserted that Saudi Arabia “violated the norms of international relations” by not notifying Indonesia about the execution.