Saudi Arabia beheads another Indonesian domestic worker

Published April 17th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
It is the second time this week that an Indonesian domestic worker has been executed. (AFP/File)
It is the second time this week that an Indonesian domestic worker has been executed. (AFP/File)

Saudi Arabia has beheaded an Indonesian female domestic worker, just two days after executing another woman from the Southeast Asian country. 

The convicted Indonesian women, identified as Karni binti Medi Tarsim from the main island of Java, was beheaded on Thursday in Yanbu, a port city located on the western Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi authorities have said Tarsim was executed after a court found her guilty of murdering a four-year-old girl in 2012.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia beheaded Siti Zainab, an Indonesian maid with a suspected mental illness in the city of Medina. 

In both cases, the Indonesian government has expressed anger that the workers’ families and consular staff were not notified before the executions. 

In a statement on Thursday, Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry expressed "regret and disappointment that representatives of Indonesia both in Riyadh and Jeddah did not obtain official information regarding the time and place of execution". 

The executions have also prompted the Indonesian Foreign Ministry to summon the kingdom's ambassador in Jakarta for the second time over the past 48 hours.   

The UK-based Amnesty International has recently denounced the beheading as the latest in a “recent macabre spike in Saudi Arabia’s state-sponsored killings.” 

The beheading brings to at least 62 the number of people executed across Saudi Arabia so far this year. Last year, Saudi authorities executed 87 people, compared with 78 in 2013.

Saudi authorities execute convicts by sword and then dangle their corpses from a helicopter to make sure the public could see the result of the execution.

Authorities say the executions reveal the kingdom’s commitment to “maintaining security and realizing justice.”

Riyadh has come under particular criticism from rights groups for the executions carried out for non-fatal crimes.

According to rights groups, Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world.

Muslim clerics have also slammed Riyadh for indicting and then executing suspects without giving them a chance to defend themselves, describing the Saudi authorities as uncivilized.

Saudi Arabia has beheaded a large number of employees of different nationalities, including from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines and Indonesia, over the past few years. 

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