The Jakarta Post
Three Indonesian workers in Singapore could face the death penalty for their alleged involvement in the murder of their employers, a top envoy has said.
'Three workers are involved in legal cases. They could all face the death penalty,' Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Andri Hadi said on Monday as quoted by Antara.
It is said the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore was providing legal assistance, including by hiring noted lawyers to defend the three in their trials.
Consul Sukmo Yuwono said the three workers, identified only by their initials TA, YA and DS, were all from Java.
He said the embassy and a team of lawyers had looked for legal loopholes that could save the three workers from the death penalty. As a result, two of the three workers ' TA and DS ' may avoid the death penalty.
Sukmo explained that TA had been diagnosed with depression. 'We hope TA can avoid the death penalty after suffering from depression,' he said.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old DS is considered underage under Singaporean law.
'Unlike those two cases, the legal problem affecting YA is quite complicated but we are striving to get her a lesser sentence,' said Sukmo.
He said YA's case was unique. YA confessed to murdering her employer's child several days after the burial.
'We have hired a number of noted lawyers and we continue to communicate with them in the legal assistance,' said Sukmo.
Embassy staff member on consular, social and culture affairs Fachry Sulaiman said the embassy had strived to reduce the number of Indonesian migrant workers facing legal problems in Singapore. (yln/ebf)