Saudi beheads Indonesian woman

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An Indonesian woman was beheaded by the sword on Saturday after being convicted of murdering a Saudi woman, the interior ministry said.

Campaigners in Jakarta last November campaign in support of an Indonesia domestic worker allegedly tortured by her Saudi employer. An Indonesian woman was beheaded by the sword in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of murdering a Saudi woman

The woman named Roiaiti Beth Sabotti Sarona, according to a transliteration from Arabic, was found guilty of killing Saudi Khairiya bint Hamid Mijlid by striking her repeatedly on the head with a meat chopper and stabbing her in the neck, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

The ministry did not elaborate on the motives of the crime, nor it did disclose the relation between the two women. But Indonesian officials say that around 70 percent of the 1.2 million Indonesians working in Saudi Arabia are domestic staff.

The beheading in the western province of Mecca brings the number of executions in the ultra-conservative kingdom this year to 28, according to an AFP tally based on official and human rights group reports.

London-based watchdog Amnesty International called on Saudi Arabia last week to stop applying the death penalty, saying there had been a significant rise in the number of executions carried out over the past six weeks.

It said at least 27 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia in 2011, "the same as the total number of people executed in the whole of 2010. Fifteen people were executed in May alone."

In 2009, the number of executions reached 67, compared to 102 in 2008.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.


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They are not as prolific as the Chinese authorities. Nasty stuff.

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Jakarta imposes travel ban after Saudis behead Indonesian maid

Indonesia is stopping all of its women from going to work in Saudi Arabia as domestic servants after a maid was beheaded for murdering her abusive employer. The execution a week ago of Ruyati binti Sapubi, 54, has caused public outrage in Indonesia, prompting the Jakarta government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to take stern action against the Riyadh regime.

Indonesian revulsion at the barbarity of the Saudi system has been stoked by the failure of Riyadh authorities to tell Jakarta's ambassador that the execution was to take place and then allowing a video of the beheading to be available on a website.

The situation has been given even more momentum with the news last week from Indonesia's minister of justice and human rights, Patrialis Akbar, that another 22 of the country's citizens are awaiting execution by the sword in Saudi Arabia.

The immediate concern is the case of Darsem binti Dawud, who is due to be beheaded on July 7. She is said to have killed her employer when he tried to rape her. However, the employers family says it will not insist on the death sentence if they are paid the equivalent of $545,000 in blood money.

The Jakarta government will probably buy off the relatives with money from an overseas worker protection fund.

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