KSA beheads 'mentally ill' domestic worker

Thursday, 16 April 2015 - 13:22


Saudi Arabia has been condemned for beheading an Indonesian domestic worker who was 'suffering from mental illness'.

Her home country's leadership is furious that Siti Zainab's family was not notified before her execution this morning - and summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador to complain about her death.

While Amnesty International says her killing in the holy Islamic city of Media this morning 'smacks of a basic lack of humanity'.

The domestic worker was sentenced to death in 1999 after confessing to stabbing her employer who allegedly mistreated her to death.

She was on death row for over 15 years while Saudi Arabian authorities waited for the victim's youngest child to reach adulthood - to decide whether or not the family wanted to pardon Zainab or demand her execution.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and three of his predecessors had previously written to the Saudi king asking for the victim's family to forgive Zainab.

But the sentence was carried out despite their claims that Zainab's family and officials were not given adequate notice or information before she was killed.

Indonesia's foreign ministry released a statement saying: 'From the beginning, the government has struggled to provide her with assistance and has asked the family [of the victim] for forgiveness.

'The Indonesian government filed a protest against the Saudi Arabian government for not giving prior notification to Indonesian representatives or to the family over the execution date.'

Riyadh's ambassador to Indonesia was 'surprised' to be summoned by the foreign ministry but said he would follow up on Jakarta's concerns.

Mustafa Ibrahim Al-Mubarak said: 'The problem is not about the court and the execution, it is about the date of the execution... I have to check what went wrong.'

Before her arrest, Zainab sent two separate letters to her employer's son to say the woman she eventually killed had been cruel to her.

The Indonesian government has issued a statement condemning Saudi Arabian authorities' failure to notify them and Zainab's family before executing her. (Daily Mail)

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