BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Saudi Arabia recently executed an Indonesian maid who killed a man that was attempting to rape her, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.
According to the Jakarta Post, Indonesia responded with outrage after Saudi Arabia executed Tuti Tursilawati without notifying them beforehand.
“Tuti’s execution was carried out without [prior notification]. I also summoned the Saudi ambassador [Usamah Muhammad Al Syuaiby] in Jakarta to meet me in Bali,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated on Wednesday.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Wednesday that he had called the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, to file a complaint and demand to know why Indonesia had not been notified that Tuti Tursilawati was to be executed Monday.
Furthermore, the Director of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry Lalu Muhammad Iqbal told reporters that this move by Saudi Arabia was ‘regrettable.’
“The execution of Tuti Tursilawati was done without notification to our representatives, either in Riyadh or Jeddah,” he said at a press conference.
Tuti was charged with the premeditated murder of her employer’s father, who she beat to death with a stick. According to Saudi criminal law, the act is punishable by had ghillah (absolute death).
After the incident, Tuti ran away from her employer but was raped by nine Saudi men before the police took her into custody. All of her rapists were processed separately.