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Jakarta Post

Spared from the sword, maid reunited with family

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 14 2011   /  08:54 am

Darsem binti Dawud arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday after a 10-hour flight from Saudi Arabia and was immediately taken to the Foreign Ministry while holding her 5-year-old son, Syafii.

Darsem, who was jailed for allegedly killing her employer in 2009, had not seen her son since her departure to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia in 2006.

The 25-year-old was sentenced to death on May 6, 2009, by a Riyadh court for a murder she alleged was committed in self-defense when her employer, a Yemeni, attempted to rape her.

After a ceremony and press conference that detailed the Foreign Ministry’s efforts to return Darsem, hundreds of journalists surrounded the woman, taking pictures, shouting questions and asking her to describe her experience in Saudi Arabia.

Apparently overwhelmed by the moment, Darsem sobbed, prompting her father, Dawud Tawar, to escort his daughter a...