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Indonesian maid who killed boss in rape attempt executed in Saudi Arabia

Indonesian maid who killed boss in rape attempt executed in Saudi Arabia

President Joko Widodo said he called Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, on Tuesday to express the country's protest and to demand reasons why Indonesia was not informed about the execution of Tuti Tursilawati.

The execution also comes at a particularly sensitive moment for the kingdom which is under vast global pressure following the murder of the prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"When he met with the Saudi foreign minister, the President asked Saudi Arabia to provide protection for Indonesian migrant workers and work to resolve the [murder of journalist Jamal] Khashoggi in earnest", Wahyu said.

Tuti Tursilawati, working in the city of Ta'if, was found guilty of killing her employer in June 2011, and was executed on Monday.

According to foreign ministry data, the Saudi government has sentenced 103 Indonesian migrant workers to death between 2011 and 2018.

It said Indonesia should reverse its recent decision to allow a limited number of Indonesian migrant workers to Saudi Arabia despite a 2015 moratorium banning new domestic workers from entering 21 Middle Eastern countries.

The Foreign Ministry expressed "deep concern" over the execution that it said lacked prior notification, violating global diplomatic ethics like in nearly all executions of foreigners in the kingdom.

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He said the Saudi move to secretly execute Tuti Tursilawati is an attempt to cover up various human rights violations, especially the right to life.

"The Saudi Arabian government has clearly violated the obligation to give notice and consular access", Ermalena stated, when contacted in Jakarta, on Wednesday.

The Saudi ambassador to Indonesia had been summoned to discuss the matter, the president said. Her execution took place in Taif on Monday and marks the fourth time Saudi authorities had failed to inform Indonesia they had carried out the death penalty on one of its citizens.

This silent execu‌‌t‌io‌n happened just weeks after the visit of Saudi Arabia's foreign minister to Indonesia to meet Widodo and Indonesia foreign minister Retno Marsudi. She worked as a nurse for a family in the western city of Ta'if.

Al-Jubeir promised to improve the protection of the more than 600,000 Indonesian migrant workers living in the kingdom, most of whom are domestic workers.

"It turned out that Indonesia's request [to protect the rights of migrant workers] was ignored by executing Tuti", said Susilo.

Observors say Indonesia is unable to criticize other countries that uphold capital punishment without appearing hypocritical.