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Jakarta Post

Darsem avoids death penalty in S. Arabia, returns home

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 13 2011   /  09:32 am

Wednesday is the day that Dawud Tawar, the father of Darsem — an Indonesian maid who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia — and her only son, Sapii, 5, have been waiting for.

Dawud, 50, says he was relieved that his daughter was free and coming home.

He says he had not prepared anything special for Darsem’s homecoming except himself, his wife and Darsem’s only son, who would travel from their home in Turungtum, Subang regency, West Java, to the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta.

“I feel so relieved after hearing the news that she is coming home,” Dawud told The Jakarta Post over the phone.

“I miss her so much. How can I not miss her? I haven’t seen her for five years now. Her son cried all day yesterday asking for his mother to get home immediately.”

Dawud said the Foreign Ministry’s director for legal aid and protection of Indonesian na...