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Jakarta Post

Jokowi regrets being blindsided, again, in Saudi execution of Indonesian

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 31, 2018   /   05:21 pm
Jokowi regrets being blindsided, again, in Saudi execution of Indonesian Tuti Tursilawati (Courtesy of Migrant CARE/File)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has again expressed regret over Saudi Arabia’s execution of an Indonesian citizen without notifying Jakarta.  

Indonesian migrant worker Tuti Tursilawati was executed in Saudi Arabia on Monday. She had been charged with the premeditated murder of her employer’s father, whom she had beaten to death with a stick.

According to Saudi criminal law, the crime is punishable by ghillah (absolute death).

Read also: Indonesia protests Saudi Arabia execution of migrant worker

Jokowi said the government had done everything to prevent the execution, but quickly added that the case was under Saudi jurisdiction.

“We have many times [requested to be notified about an execution] directly to King Salman [bin Abdulaziz Al Saud] and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir,” Jokowi said as quoted by Antara.

“I have said it over and over again. Do not think that we are not taking political steps.”

Jakarta had sent a protest note to Riyadh in March over the abrupt execution of M. Zaini Misrin, an Indonesian driver convicted of murdering his Saudi Arabian employer.